THEODOR Johannes, also known as Theo the Photographer, is an emerging photographer to keep an eye on.
Twenty-four-year-old Theo describes himself as a photographer with a passion for capturing the beauty and emotion of the world around him. He works as a photographer and retoucher at Lens Cam Photography.
He began his career in photography six years ago after his mother died.
“I needed something to help me push through those darkest moments and difficult times in my life,” says Theo, who became fascinated with the art of capturing images that evoke emotion and tell a story.
According to him, his passion for photography helped him hone his skills and develop his style.
“I particularly enjoy landscape and nature photography, as I find the natural world endlessly awe-inspiring. I also enjoy portraiture because I believe people are fascinating subjects,” says Theo.
His most memorable experience as a photographer was capturing the South African actress, filmmaker, producer and businesswoman Connie Ferguson for the Mothers and Business Networking Gala Dinner hosted in Namibia last year under the theme “Imperfect Progress”.
He has also collaborated with Namibian influencers such as Luis Munana, Maria Nepembe, Gazza, and Sendry on various occasions, capturing some truly breathtaking images that he says he will cherish for the rest of his life.
“Along with my work, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a professional photographer for a variety of clients, including magazines, businesses,and individuals,” Theo says.
He says as a photographer, he can make multi-year plans to improve his skills, grow his business, and simply have fun with his craft.
As a result, he has several projects planned for the coming year, including Project 365, which he describes as a popular challenge in which one takes and shares one photo every day for a year.
“It’s an excellent way to cultivate discipline and creativity while creating a body of work.”
He also wants to improve his skills by mastering a new technique or using new equipment.
“Committing to a year of learning can help me grow as a photographer. On my own, I can take online courses, attend workshops, and experiment with new methods,” says Theo.
He also plans to collaborate with other creatives in the industry, such as photographers, models, make-up artists, and designers, which he says will allow him to broaden his skills and network while creating exciting new projects.
His plans for the year include attending exhibitions and festivals for inspiration and to learn from other photographers, and showcase his work.
“I will also explore new locations by travelling to new places and documenting them through my lens. I also volunteer my photography skills to non-profit organisations to document events, create promotional materials, or capture the stories of people or communities in need,” says Theo.