Mastering this split image is the role which photographers of African origin have assigned themselves, sometimes against their better judgement, in order to avoid misunderstandings.
Chris Kirchhoff, born in 1962 in Johannesburg (South Africa).
He studied Land Surveying at Wits University, and spent 14 months working in Antarctica as both a meteorologist and surveyor. He spent many happy hours taking photographs and working in the base darkroom. He has spent the last ten years in private practice as a land surveyor and whenever possible travelling. Over the last three years he has become fascinated by ceremonies and celebration. His photographic endeavours have concentrated on trying in some small way to record the joy, beauty and passion expressed by the celebrants.
His photographic philosophy is best expressed by Sheng-Yen a Ch’en Master:
“Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go it’s own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you there. “
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