Bio

Born in the Spring of 1987 in Beaufort West, South Africa. 

Gita was born to nature-loving parents who dragged her and her brothers to all sorts of outdoorsy places. By the time she was human enough to realise that this is a privilege afforded to few, she had extensively traveled most of Southern Africa’s natural areas.

Her interest in art and photography started on these trips, with a desire to capture and replicate what she saw. Her interest in light and colour, both as creative and as scientific topics, followed suit.

By 2008, she immersed herself in the world of photography. In 2014, she completed the Travel Photojournalism course offered by Matador U, a program endorsed at the time by among others, National Geographic.

Since, she had worked successfully as a commercial and editorial photographer with clients from and work published across the globe. She is co-admin of the increasingly popular online community, SA Women Photographers, a unique movement founded by Grethe Rosseaux, empowering and giving voice to womxn in the South African photography industry.

Since, she had worked successfully as a commercial and editorial photographer with clients from and work published across the globe. She is co-admin of the increasingly popular online community, SA Women Photographers, a unique movement founded by Grethe Rosseaux, empowering and giving voice to womxn in the South African photography industry.

During that time, the fine art photography had not taken a backseat, and she had continued to create, participate in exhibitions, competitions, and constantly honing her skills.

Over the years she had facilitated several photography workshops and given talks about photography at a couple of events, including two PSSA congresses.

A brief stint as a curator in Art in the Yard gallery in Franschhoek gave her even more insight into the world of art. It was during this time that she and her life-partner, Shanelle Bothma, an accomplished wedding and portrait photographer herself, decided to join forces under two sister companies, Plain Blue Studio, the wedding and portrait department, and Indigo Studio, which focuses on commercial and editorial work.

During the arduous months of lockdown in South Africa, Gita and her partner decided to plunge into life as nomads, during which they travel and work as environmental consultants, while continuing work as photographers. This lifestyle is as wonderful for creating travel and landscape imagery as one can imagine, and Gita will continue her participation in exhibitions, as well as direct sales of images.

Exhibitions

  • Cameraland Cape Town 2015 – Featured winner ‘The Last Rays’
  • Prince Albert Open Studios January 2019 – ‘Entitled’
  • Prince Albert Open Studios July 2018 – ‘Opuntia’ and ‘Karoo’
  • Prince Albert Gallery (ongoing) – a selection of works from the exhibitions ‘Entitled’ and ‘Karoo’
  • Touch of Genius Art Gallery, Randburg Gauteng – ‘Portrait of Souls’, 2018
  • She.Clix Exhibition at the Photo & Film Expo 2017, Johannesburg
  • Trierenberg Super Circuit, Austria, 2015

Publications

  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • National Geographic Magazine
  • Weg! Travel Magazine
  • PIX South African Photo Journal
  • PSSA Congress 2018
  • high life – BA Inflight Magazine
  • Farmer’s Weekly
  • SA Art Times
  • Penguin Random House
  • Woman & Home
  • Stellenbosch University
  • The Talloires Network & partners
  • Caxton Magazines
  • Highbury Media
  • Media24