Photographer George Qua-Enoo said he never knew he would become a photographer until he had a camera in his hands.
WHEN George Qua-Enoo made money as a model, he thought he would do it for a long time.
But he didn’t know he would fall in love with something else.
George fell in love with the camera when taking photographs on a photo shoot in Canada and it was love at first sight.
The 45-year-old, born in Ghana but raised in the Eastern Cape, has his creative studio in Sandton, Johannesburg, called George Q Studios. He has photographed big names such as Canadian actors William Shatner and Stephan James, and local stars such as Blue Mbombo, Londie London, Babes Wodumo, Nandi Madida and Lunga Shabalala.
“In 2006, a friend, impressed by my athletic physique, suggested I try my hand at modeling as a side job. I dabbled in modeling for a while, and during one of the shoots, a photographer handed me his back camera to play with during. a break,” he said.
He said he unexpectedly found himself capturing the other models in the studio, which felt remarkably natural.
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“The experience was captivating and prompted my decision to invest in a professional camera. In 2009, I transitioned to becoming a full-time photographer and have passionately pursued this career ever since,” he said.
He said that having his own studio space has been one of his main goals since returning to South Africa from Canada in 2019.
“I had considered the idea for a while. I was waiting for the ‘right time’. But after my health scare earlier this year, I decided that life was too short; the ‘right time’ is now.
“I had heart surgery early last year. When you experience something like that at my age, you see things through a different lens, no pun intended,” he said.
He said photography remains relevant and vital.
“While mobile devices and smartphones are fundamental to our lives, photography remains a fundamental and integral aspect of modern culture, communication and self-expression. It plays a fundamental role in shaping our digital experiences and preservation of the visual history of our world,” he said. saying.