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Charlaine Gerber
Charlaine Gerber
Geographic location Professional photographer, Witbank, South Africa
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About Charlaine Gerber

Witbank, South AfricaBirthday September, 18
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My approach to my art: - Pia Lux...'Loving the Light'...
I have had a love for photography for many years, but had to focus on raising 4 children and working very hard, but about 5 years ago, bought a DSLR and joined the local Photoclub to learn how to use the camera. Now I am very thankful to now have the time and am be able to really focus on something that has become my passion. I had a particular interest in art photography from the start. I wanted to create unique photos and I had a creative vision to not merely capture a realistic rendition or mere representation of the subject, but aim to produce a more personal, maybe evocative or atmospheric impression with my photos that might go beyond realism. It all starts with a concept, using photography and taking photos to use in composites and software programmes to create an work of art or symbolism which can be interpreted in many different ways. It of course all starts with an idea and thinking 'out of the box', and as Ansel Adams said 'there is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept'

The diverse genres of my photography all have a fine art feel. 'Art Photography' is described as 'Photography created in accordance with vision of the photographer as artist.' There is a sense of silence within, a definite mood and it cannot be commercial, it will make you feel the atmosphere at which the sensor was opened. I also have a special interest in editing with photography and design software and see it as a challenge to study the techniques to create the effect that I would like in my final image. It is an integration of taking a good photo, having the concept and executing it by using different techniques. It starts with taking the photo...I love to use movement, shallow depth of field, light (like shooting against the light) and mood to create photos that are different and unique and I believe that makes for art photos, to start off with.

My inspiration comes from different places, sometimes, a very special or interesting subject or model, music, lyrics of music, sometimes a background, sometimes the story that needs to be told about the subject i.e. my 'Vintage dress 'series that tells the story of the sad history of the dress. I then often have the concept or vision of what I would like to create, then needs to plan the execution of the vision and the shoot. It is very important to me that my work tells a story and I spend a lot of time conveying mood in my work. My intention is to create an aesthetic image that might convey something personal, maybe an emotion, while at the same time express something universal. I have a music background and love music and often use the lyrics of music to describe the story of my work, by naming it with the right words as being part of the creative process.

Here is my interpretation: 'I like to compare creating Fine Art composites with starting with a blank page or canvas, creating a picture, starting with my creative concept, my camera as a tool and with my knowledge of photography and experience , combine that with computer software skills and techniques to 'paint' a Fine Art photo which is then the end result. I started to study Art Masters and have a particular interest now in creating my own brushes in Photoshop and doing digital painting on my photos.
I started a photography business 2 years ago with the name 'Pia Lux' which is the Latin phrase for 'Loving the Light' and is the essence of the way I see photography and create art photography as I do...

I realized about two years ago that the people in the photography world like what I do and have achieved a few awards in salons, including 48 medals in national and international competitions in the last 2 and 1/2 years. I also won the monochrome competition in the Image and an article of me and my work featured in the Dec 2015 issue of the 'Image' and my photos are regularly featured in a photography magazine. There was also an article published of me and my work in the PSSA (Photographic Society of South Africa) in July 2017 and an interview with me about me and my work was published on the 1x front page in Nov 2017. I also won the Marike Bruwer trophy for 'Fine Art' in Nov 2017, which to me was quite a personal achievement. I was also recently chosen as the "photographer of the Year' for the Visual Skills School and the Photo Challenge Camera Club and was awarded another two trophies for the 'Open colour category and the Audiovisual category.

My biggest achievement is winning the prestigious international competition of the 1x Photo Awards on 19 Feb 2018 winning the first prize $10,000.

I started a photography business with the name 'Pia Lux' which is the phrase in Latin for 'Loving the Light' and is the essence of the way I see photography and create art photography as I do...''. I had to design my own website and I also had 3 exhibitions the end of 2015, two in 2016 and an upcoming exhibition in June 2017. Me and my partner opened a Fine Art photography shop in Parys 1 March 2016. I also received my LPSSA honours panel a year ago. I judge at clubs and salons and was invited by a few clubs to give presentations.

I also started giving workshops in Sept 2016. I was asked to teach what I know and see it as a huge privilege and compliment. I had the vision of keeping it unique and doing it in a very special way, spoiling the people that come to my workshops in surroundings where they can live out there creativity.

It is the most satisfying feeling to be able to be creative and make art. Hopefully my photos will be my legacy and will leave something of myself for my children and my grandchildren and make the world richer for it.


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