THROUGH PUMBA’S LENS

Sunday Observer - - YOUTH SECTION - BY SIBU­SISO DLAMINI

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

danid­lamini95@gmail.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.

PHUMBA

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