Dr Johan Kloppers FPSSA, APSSA(Vers)
”There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson
My career as wildlife photographer dates back to the early seventies and it has always been my aim and dream to try and capture that absolute fraction of a moment in time and space that can never be repeated again.
My involvement in the matters of PSSA dates back to 1975 when I joined as a member of the society. Through all these years I have been actively involved in many of the activities of PSSA. I have lectured at many congresses, done various workshops on different genres of photography.
I have also had great success in local as well as international photographic competitions. In 1985 and 1986 I managed to win the Nature section of the Impala Trophy. At present I have the following honours, FPSSA Wildlife Slides, FPSSA Wildlife Digital, APSSA Visual Arts Slides and APSSA Pictorial Digital.
I have since 2009 been the Regional Director of PSSA for the Western Cape and through my term we have managed to host two PSSA National Salons and are currently busy with our second JAP training course and that after the success of the first.
My main aim is to enjoy my photography to the fullest and to take the images I enjoy taking. I am always looking for that special composition and interaction of wildlife. I am very fortunate to have done a BSc. in Zoology and Botany prior to doing Dentistry. This helped me tremendously in my knowledge and understanding of the ecology and animal behaviour. This I feel is vital in the planning of my wildlife photography and also to be able to anticipate what the next move of the subject which I am busy photographing going to be.
I also try to do the wildlife photography in my own way of what I see it through my lens and stay away from trying to copy fellow wildlife photographers. I try to be unique in my approach. That is one of the reasons when doing wildlife is to be on my own and not part of a group.
Photography in general is such a passion and part of my life and hopefully I will be able to enjoy it till the end.
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever. . . it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything – Aaron Sussman
Some of Johan’s images below –
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