Aidan Tobias is a Cape Town-based photographer. Here is a brief Q&A session we had with him.
When did you start taking photos and why?
I think my love for photography and especially shooting people started at a young age, my father was a photographer so I grew up messing around with his old film cameras. I just loved hearing the shutter fire and would run around shooting even when there was no film inside. My passion has just grown from there; I think the real turning point came after my gap year to the U.S. I documented every bit of my travels and realised I could make a career out of photography.
What do you like to take photos of?
People always seem to ask me this and my answer is simple, I shoot what I love, the events and things that happen around me. If you know me you have probably seen me with a camera in my hand. I very rarely go out without one of my cameras. I have a huge love for skateboarding, fashion, and blogging and this is shown in my shots. To be honest though I love to collaborate on projects and if someone approaches me and has a cool idea in mind I’m always keen to work on new projects. I think it’s my open mindedness that keeps me interested and people appreciate that about me.
Which photographers inspire you?
Internationally: Terry Richardson, James Nachtwey, Annie Leibovitz, Ansel Adams, Sally Mann, Andrew G. Hobbs, and the list goes on forever.
Locally: Roger Ballen, Pieter Hugo, Adriaan Louw, Paul Ward, and Liam Lynch to name a few.
Where can we find more of your work?