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“The longer I spend behind a camera the more I appreciate what a powerful medium we, as photographers and filmmakers, have to educate and inspire others. In this sense, telling stories are important to me. And when I tell people this I often get asked what you need to tell a good story. And to me it’s simple; all you need is a camera and empathy. The latter is particularly important, and it’s something I use across the board, whether it’s shooting carefully orchestrated commercial campaigns or those fleeting and unguarded moments in documentary work.”

Kelvin is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker based in Cape Town and London. His work focuses on narrative driven content, where he typically uses travel, sport, and pioneering expeditions, as a lens to look at human and environment condition. Recognized for his creative direction, perspective-filled compositions and athletic ability with camera in hand, Kelvin has fast established a name in the outdoor industry. He has covered assignments on all 7 continents for clients such as Red Bull, UN, Salomon, Reuters and his images have appeared in an array of publications including New York Times, National Geographic, Red Bulletin, and Outside Magazine.

“As I continue to explore the art of narrative photography and filmmaking, the more I want to challenge perceptions and push creative boundaries. To do this I want to look beyond the stereotypical perfect moment. I want to immerse myself in the story, to learn from my subjects, and to share experiences that mean something to people back home. Like his imagery, Kelvin’s sentiments reflect his passion for producing content that is different and relatable, and is often what sets him apart.

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