Photographer, Alessio La Ruffa shares his top 5 things to photograph in his home country, South Africa.
I was born and raised in Pretoria. I moved to Joburg at the beginning of 2016, to live with my now fiancee. I studied graphic design at college a long time ago. Photography was one of my subjects and I failed it, mainly because we had to develop our own photos in a darkroom. A couple of years later I went on my first Instawalk, shooting with only my iPhone. It sparked something inside me and I haven’t looked back since.
On SA’s creative scene
You need to stay true to what you love to shoot and your work needs to be of a high standard. There’s a lot of same-ish looking images when you scroll through your Instagram feed.
Somewhere he would love to shoot
I would love to shoot in Sutherland. I’ve heard that the skies are crystal clear at night, perfect for shooting the Milky Way.
Where goes to find inspiration
Joburg’s CBD has become a little dangerous for photographers, so we try to round up a group of friends and go shoot somewhere in the CBD, which lately has been Gandhi Square.
Top 5 things to photograph
1. Pigeons on Pretoria’s Church Square. You can buy a bag of peanuts from the vendors for R2 and the pigeons will eat them out of your hand.
2. The Mothership, just off Church Square. We used to have access to this building awhile back and we spent a lot of time just exploring it.
3. The Roof of Africa at the top of the Carlton Centre. It costs R15 to get up there, but well worth it.
4. My very first Instawalk was in Maboneng in Johannesburg’s CBD and still a favourite spot to shoot.
5. Cape Town is pretty awesome too. I enjoy shooting from the top of Table Mountain, and try to get a shot with a dassie (or three) in it.