It all started when I was a young girl. I grew up in Botswana, appreciating nature and the simple beauty that surrounded me. My love for photography was sparked at a young age – the first time I saw a real camera. My neighbours had a beautiful, yet old and broken one that I just had to play with. It determined what I looked at and what I saw when I did. I started taking pictures and documenting my life, the people I loved and nature. I eventually left the continent to see the world. Through documenting my travels, I soon discovered that photography was my true passion.
I thought myself as much of the craft as I could, however, during my time away, I also realised that Africa’s spaces and it’s people are really where my heart is. After trailing for five years, I returned to SA, where I studied photography and launched my business, Francoise V Photography, in 2011. I concentrated on capturing weddings and families, while building my fine art portfolio. I completed a Fine Art Photography Master Class with Martin Osner, where I learnt new techniques to apply my vision.
I opened the Francoise V Fine Art Photography Gallery at beautiful and popular Imhoff Farm Village, near Kommetjie, in July 2014. It’s exciting to be showcasing my artworks, which have taken years to create. I’ve been fortunate enough to channel my appreciation of life through the art of photography and, in the process, I’ve fuelled my desire to capture great beauty and the richness of the human spirit.
Endurance is a body of work highlighting the strength of the human spirit. I wanted to imprint on paper the humble spirituality reflected in the faces of these chosen people I met. They all convey a strong sense of beauty, freedom and spirit. White stands for purity and is therefore a predominant colour in all the artworks, giving them a clean, pure and spiritual presence.