For the first time in a while our featured member is not of the filmmaker variety, but rather a talented photojournalist! Meet Lindsey Appolis from all the way down in Cape Town, South Africa. So far Lindsey is 1-for-1 with Zooppa projects, with his photo taking 1st place in Unilever’s Project Sunlight! Check out his full interview!
Tell us about yourself, personally and creatively.
I am 33-years-old and have been shooting for about 2 and a half years but I’ve been an observer all my life. A year ago I walked away from the corporate world to chase a dream and all I can say is that with hustling and hard work it’s been so rewarding and there are no regrets.
My photojournalistic style is focused on sensitively capturing the personalities, moments and emotions that exist in everyday ordinary life, big or small. My work has taken me backstage at dance performances, behind the scenes on film sets, to street carnivals, hospital operating theatres, plains of Africa, streets of Europe and so many other interesting places.
What first interested you in photojournalism?
There isn’t a defining moment but rather a collection of memories and emotions that definitely stems back to me growing up in the colorful Cape Flats. As a teenager I was always drawn to the “life” stories before me and after getting some perspective through travelling abroad in my twenties, I felt that South Africa had so many unique stories to share with the world. My community is filled with so many stories of hardships, truths, sense of community, celebration and survival and I feel an incredible need to document this.
What drew you to the Zooppa community?
Being based in South Africa I was actually approached by Zooppa through my Behance page.
What do you like most about crowdsourced projects?
This has been my first experience of crowdsourcing and I have to say I’m a fan!
Ps has nothing to do with me winning a prize ;-)
What do you like to do when you’re not creating masterpieces?
Sleep because it doesn’t happen very often when you running a one man show! In all seriousness family time is very important to me, spending time with my partner and 5yr old brings balance to the force. And a little bit of football – Big Manchester United fan!
Where is home for you?
Cape Town, South Africa
Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your photojournalism?
Here goes… I’m not formally trained in a lecture hall. I owe all my experience and skills to the time spent on the street and clocking my 10 thousand hours! It first started in my teens as a photographer at the Racecourse taking pictures of horses racing by. The mundanity almost killed my love for photography but it did put a professional camera in my hand and give me one hell of a tan.
Travel snap, travel click and travel some more…
This brought me to two years ago where I was stuck behind a desk and shooting with my iPhone and 1000D at any opportunity I got, be it trying to capture the essence of my son’s childhood to 4am walks on the street shooting homeless people. I was getting real interest in my work and I decided to listen to the voices in my head and give up the corporate world were I didn’t belong for possibly the most amazing profession. I launched full swing into my photography and I’m loving every second of the journey thus far.
What/where do you find inspiration for your films? Share a bit about your creative process.
My inspiration comes from finding beauty in the mundanity of everyday life and like I said before, I grew up in a very colorful and socially diverse part of South Africa. I have also given myself time, which allows me a unique opportunity to stand back, capture and appreciate this. So my inspiration literally comes from walking the streets of my old neighborhood and city.
Which was your favorite Zooppa contest to participate in? Why?
This has been my first contest so I am really stoked that I have won such a great prize on my first entry.
What are you currently working on (job, films)?
Most recently I’ve been exhibiting a collection in Cape Town and keeping myself busy with shooting stills on film sets, brand launches and social outreach initiatives in South Africa and Tanzania where I captured my winning image – PLAY.
What are you hoping to achieve in the future?
Working towards owning my own studio space so I can exhibit my work and of course to become world-renowned.
Link us to any work/a portfolio that you would like mentioned.