Meet photographer Jane Paterson

“We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

I am 20 years old and currently finishing my third year as a photography student at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography. (I will graduate at the end of the 2011 with a B.A. in Applied Design and my major being photography.) My film photographs are mainly taken with my 35mm Holga and either underwater disposable or normal disposable cameras. I am interested in double and multi exposures which I experiment with using my Holga.

I am drawn to the beauty of light, water and the ocean. Three of my favourite things. My friends and travelling are two of my inspirations – I have amazingly talented, beautiful friends. My future plans include moving to Cape Town in the new year and trying to assist and build up a portfolio as a freelance photographer. I am interested in conceptual fashion photography so I am hoping to gain experience in this genre of photography as soon as possible.

I am not that good at describing myself very well but here is a poem and a quote (above) that I love:

InvictusOut of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul

– William Ernest Henley
Wow! I took the liberty of underlining that last sentence. Thanks so much Jane, I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more of you.
To see more of Jane’s photography check out her blog:

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