THROUGH PUMBA’S LENS
Lindani Dlamini, widely known to his peers as pumba is a no edit, no slight edit photographer.
Doing his final year at Limkokwing University of Technology where he is pursuing an Associate Degree in Film and TV Production under the Media and Broadcasting Faculty.
“I grew up at Corperation and loved taking pictures quite often, I would take selfies of everything I do, and compare my pictures.
Pumba excelled in photography at school which was one of the modules he studied in 2015, and that’s where he started taking note of his skills in photography.
He improved his photography skills by taking on photography assignments and taking people’s pictures, to get more understanding of the camera and how it actually works.
He went on to taking pictures for free at ceremonies (weddings, parties and other events). He says he was advised by a friend of his to creat a Facebook page to showcase his work. That’s when things starting looking up for pumba and he eventually decided to buy his own camera, where he would capture moments and post them on his social media pages.
“When I started taking pictures at events for free, a friend of mine suggested I create a Facebook page to showcase my work. That’s when people started noticing more of my work, and eventually I bought my own camera in order to get more clients.”
It proved to be a good move as more people started booking him for photoshoots.
“My skills started to catch people’s attention as Mbali and Mbekezeli gave me a chance at Solanis for the Easter weekend and took I took alluring pictures so they decided to make me the Solanis official photographer, and that’s how it all started. This is when my journey in photography started making the right turns because I began to network with people that would make my brand grow.
He says he ASPIRES to have his own studio soon.
“I don’t like revealing my dreams because people tend to laugh at them, but because I know where my dreams will take me, I tend to laugh with them because I understand that they don’t share the same vision. So the the next coming years will be hectic as my two silent investors are planning great things for the brand, but t hes e are bypass plans as my pumba caption studio is just around the corner. The brand aims to deliver unforgettable memories for its client.” Pumba says he looks up to Daniel Toro, and says he believes he takes quality pictures and is simply the best.
“I look up to Toro, but I am also inspired by some local creative photographers. A group of like minded individuals and myself formed a group called SHUTTER BUGS, it’s a group of highly skilled photographers who share pictures and ideas. What is good about this group is either you will get a positive or negative response about the picture, and to that I may testify that it has made me a better photographer because I have other creatives to critic my work.
He says finances have been the major challenge so far, but is grateful to close friends and family for help.
I thank the Lord that I have people who support me in the business, financi al l y and mentally. Mum, dad, Machawe, Garfield, kiki and Sito to mention a few, are the people who have supported me financially and provided advice.
Current work done Recently Pumba has worked with pulse models Swaziland in the charity work when they were with Swazi Mobile, and the grounders market; I also got lucky and had a photo shoot with Miss Teen Swaziland this past week.” For bookings, interested clients can send send an email to – l in
email@example.com or contact him on Facebook.
“I don’t like revealing my dreams because people tend to laugh at them, but because I know where my dreams will take me, I tend to laugh with them because I understand that they don’t share the same vision.