About

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 in especially, but not limited to, the tourism and environmental sector, with clients from and work published across the globe. Her commercial and editorial work can be viewed at www.indigostudio.co.za.

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

The focus of my fine art photography is on highlighting environmental and social issues in a way which is true to life but also endears the subject to the viewer. If I have stirred compassion in the heart of an onlooker for the situation in the photo, I have achieved my goal.

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

She is co-admin of the increasingly popular online community, SA Women Photographers, a unique movement founded by editorial fashion photographer Grethe Rosseaux, empowering and giving voice to womxn in the South African photography industry.

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.

The current direction of her work is in highlighting the psychological impact environmental change brings about. This theme is a constant in her work, and will continue to be explored in future projects.

Pronouns: they/them; she/her

Artist Statement

In a world of artistic indulgence, austerity is a form of protest.

This is especially true for me when talking about photography. I tend to veer towards natural photographic processes, with minimal processing that keeps the image true to its nature. I believe there is room for photographic art which is stripped of pretentious simplicity and which is free from digital embellishments.

The focus of my fine art photography is on highlighting environmental and social issues in a way which is true to life but also endears the subject to the viewer. If I have stirred compassion in the heart of an onlooker for the situation in the photo, I have achieved my goal. My method is intended to be subtle, to use kindness and beauty to bring attention to waning landscapes and disappearing cultures. In the struggles of daily life are lessons to be learned; and in the changing landscapes a cry for the conservation of our planet and its most precious resources.

Through my photos, I hope to bring the viewer along on the journey, and educate them about these places and people in such a way that they can empathise with their situations, and their plights.

We’re all in this together, after all.

Equipment

My medium is natural digital photography, which I print professionally on cotton photo rag using archival inks.

In my arsenal of equipment, I use full-frame Nikon camera bodies, with professional lenses which include:

  • Tokina 17-35
  • Tamron 24-70
  • Nikon 70-200
  • Nikon 85
  • Nikon 50
  • Sigma 150-500

With these I also use a selection of lightweight carbon tripods of various sizes, graduated and solid neutral density filters, polarising filters, and remote trigger releases.

For post-processing, I’m partial to Lightroom and subscribed to the Photography Package on Adobe Creative Cloud. I use a Macbook Pro and Western Digital external hard drives in this part of the process of image creation.

Exhibitions

  • Prince Albert Open Studios January 2019 – ‘Entitled’
  • Prince Albert Open Studios July 2018 – ‘Opuntia’ and ‘Krie’
  • 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
  • Cameraland Cape Town 2015 – Featured winner ‘Pofadder’

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
  • And more…