Born in Durban KwaZulu Natal, I spent a lot of my childhood traveling. I have a mother who grew up in Zambia, a father from Zimbabwe who also lived and worked in Mozambique for many years, as well as aunts who lived in Namibia and Swaziland so Africa ended up being my playground. From a young age I learnt to appreciate nature and all its beauty. I went to boarding school in the midlands where I took photography as my art major and spent my weekends on the family farm in Dargle, fly-fishing. After school without the option of studying photography, I went to Capetown and studied multimedia and graphic design before returning to Durban to continue studying in Horticulture. A few years later I started working as an expat in Angola mapping its roads and infrastructure network.
It was at this time that I bought my first DSLR and my love and passion for photography was reignited. It was a bit of a challenge jumping from film developing my own pictures to digital and so took myself off to do a short course and unleashed the possibilities of digital photography. I continued to travel and work in Africa (Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Angola, Togo, Ghana, Mauritius, England & France).I never imagined my passion could turn into a profession, however when friends and family started asking if I would take photos for them and realizing just how expensive equipment is, it kind of did a natural progression. I am continually pushing myself and always eager to learn new things.
I now live and run a studio from home in Bothas Hill upper highway area with my amazing wife (Aylene)and my incredible children (Hudson & Harper) who blessed us with their presence in 2019. I also have two dogs (a clumsy weimaraner and a very naughty but loving daxie cross rescue). I enjoy alternate sports like surfing and skateboarding but am terrible at both. I love street art and murals and would love to see a more colourful city flashing the work of Durban’s finest. I also have a rather large appreciation for craft beers and real coffee i.e. Espressos (I’m a purist, so no sugar no milk thankyou)
Thank you for taking a peek at my website. To view my latest photos please go to my facebook page
I look forward to hearing from you
Henry Summers (aka Rich)