Photography has been part of me for as long as I can remember. My first camera was a purple 35mm film camera with a hulk tattoo on it that I got in my kiddies meal from Stears. I can’t remember what age I was then but if you know Stears you’ll have an idea of how long ago that was hahaha, burgers were about R4 that time….
People call me Krispy. (Chris P)uren
It started many years ago. My friend and I went out for drinks when her mom called and asked her where she was. She said she was out having drinks with “Chris”. Her mom asked which Chris (In the town I grew up there were a lot of us) and she said “Chris Puren”. All her mom heard was Chrispy. The name stuck haha!
My journey into photography started when I left school to go study Graphic Design. I instantly fell in love with the art. In those days I was shooting on a Minolta Dynax on black and white film and then developing the images myself in the darkroom… It’s a method that teaches you a lot about getting composition and lighting right before you press the shutter….
I was first introduced to the Fujifilm XT-1 in 2015 when Karlien Murray from AtPhoto brought her body for me to try out. Having seen many positive reviews on the colour rendition of the model, I found myself really impressed by what this little camera could deliver. I promptly ordered one alongside the f1.2 56mm lens - the combination was incredible, and I loved shooting personal projects with the combo…
My second trip to Zanzibar brought along challenges that we didn’t expect as the weather has contradicted the norm as August is meant to be a sunny and clear skies month. My client, The Royal Zanzibar situated in the North in Nungwi, contracted me to capture several images for their website and upcoming Sales Brochure…
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa; raised in Dallas, Texas, Rachel Andrews returned to South Africa after studying three years Visual Art Studies at the University of North Texas to complete her studies in Photography at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. After a heavy upbringing in the creative industry with a mother as an accomplished decorative artist in Dallas, Rachel’s main objective is to bring through as much expression through the lens as a paintbrush traditionally would have allowed. Thus, creating a specialised work of art in every image.
Rachel Andrews Photography has been exhibited at the following events:
- The Collective Photography and Graphic Design Exhibition, Port Elizabeth in 2011
- Cape Landscape Exhibition,
- Port Elizabeth in 2011 Red Location Documentary Exhibition,
- Port Elizabeth in 2010
My journey as a photographer started in high school when I started capturing images with my father’s digital camera (it still used a stiffie disk to capture images on-if that gives you an idea of how long ago this was). The instant access and gratification to capture, download and view my images sparked a lot of interest and creativity within me. I started experimenting with creative retouching and using different effects on the images I took of my younger sisters-who had no choice but to pose for me in all kinds of weird and wonderful scenarios I came up with….