Eye for see­ing dif­fer­ently, help­ing oth­ers

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What started out as a hobby has turned into a pro­fes­sion for bud­ding lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Sameer Meea­jane, 20, who has his eyes set on open­ing doors for his peers.

The for­mer Hud­son Park pupil hails from South­ern­wood and said he grew up with a pas­sion for artistry.

“I started out as a model after work­ing in re­tail for a while.

“I mod­elled with Africa Vu­ma­zonke at his com­pany ‘Black and White Vis­ual Me­dia’ and for about two months I was ba­si­cally run­ning the com­pany, man­ag­ing the mod­els and so­cial me­dia. Africa was a bril­liant pho­tog­ra­pher.

“I picked up his cam­era one day and I started tak­ing pho­to­graphs and the rest is his­tory,” he said.

Meea­jane, who works as a res­i­dent pho­tog­ra­pher at News Café in Hem­ming­ways, was re­cently ap­pointed as a per­sonal pho­tog­ra­pher and road man­ager for East London’s DJ Blomzit Av­enue.

Blomzit said Meea­jane had im­pressed him with his unique and eye-catch­ing pho­to­graphs.

“His pic­tures are dif­fer­ent and very pro­fes­sional. His good work ethic is what at­tracted me the most to work with him,” he said.

Meea­jane, who has his own pho­tog­ra­phy com­pany, S-Works Pho­tog­ra­phy, said he wanted to help other aspir­ing pho­tog­ra­phers to find the same op­por­tu­ni­ties he had been af­forded.

“The com­pany as­pires to give an op­por­tu­nity to lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers to be groomed in the craft and to make money of their own. It’s im­por­tant to fol­low your pas­sion.

“There are end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties within the me­dia, there is just so much you can do – there are no lim­its.

“I al­ways want my pho­to­graphs to be dif­fer­ent and I al­ways want to be dif­fer­ent. Be­ing dif­fer­ent gets you much more awareness than do­ing what ev­ery­one else is do­ing, I think that’s what sets my pho­to­graphs apart,” Meea­jane said.

Pic­ture: SIPHOKAZI VUSO

PIC­TURE PER­FECT: Sameer Meea­jane wants to help other lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers pur­sue their pas­sion

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