Walking into Fifth Wave Coffee, a small garage joint in a coastal town, I meet Marcell Lombaard, up-and-coming photographer/artist and friend-of-a-friend. At first, I’m intimidated by this tall human who has a much better fashion sense than I will ever have, but he puts me at ease with his easy banter. We better acquaint ourselves over a macchiato and a soy-chino (such is the vegan life) and dive right into the set of almost-cliché questions I tormented myself over before E-mailing to the 5 candidates.
Marcell describes himself as strange and quiet, but ‘bitchy when provoked’ (aren’t we all). Although he describes photography and art as a hobby, wanting to go into film after school, his unique photographs pop up on my Instagram and Facebook feeds like a recurring daydream. He gives me great insight into his life as a creative, by saying that ‘everything is made of art, and people who don’t see that are stuck in their ways.’ He says that many people are greatly influenced by their parents and worldly expectations, and that in a way artists are free of that. He also feels that non-artists or ‘creativity muggles’ as I like to call them, are often ‘secretly jealous of the escape to an alternate universe’ that artists have.
Being 17 and thus, still in school and dying under a toxic education system, his biggest limitations as an artist are not being able to fully express himself due to marking requirements and conservative teachers. He also says that not being able to find models with the right ‘look’ for a specific shoot, or trying to bend according to what people/the client wants is a big challenge. ‘People often approach me after seeing a recent photoshoot and ask me to do something similar for them, but I hate repeating myself.’ Marcell tries to do something unique every time, always keeping his loyal followers on their toes with fresh inspiration. He can feel when a shoot isn’t flowing, so saying to his assistant that these photos feel like ‘prom photos’ often means six hours of toiling in bushes to get the perfect, authentic look he’s after.
Describing his photography, Beyond The Losts (social media links found below), he explains that he doesn’t really know how he came up with the name. ‘I just wanted it to be unique and authentic.’ Beyond The Losts is famous for creative portraiture, but ‘high fashion and magazine photography is definitely part of the plan for the near future.’
Marcell Lombaard is an excellent example of the young South African creative, and although he has always had the confidence to express his creativity and passion for photography, we all know how tough it can be. He says that his 5 years of photography interest and 2 years of professional photography, as well as his 1 and-a-bit years of art, has taught him to have patience with himself and his work, and that passion/creativity/talent can be expressed in many ways.
So there you have it, my first date with a creative is published, and I hope to give you more insight into the lives of the amazing creatives I’ve met in the next few instalments.
Please support Marcell Lombaard at Beyond The Losts Photography on social media. You can book a paid shoot with him via his numerous accounts on numerous platforms, or simply peruse his genius below.
Next week will be Part 2, featuring Annabelle Hift, the Avatar of creativity: master of all 4 elements; music, poetry, blogging and crafting.
You can follow the Beyond The Losts – Facebook Page , check it out on Instagram @beyondthelosts or browse the images below, sent to me for this blog post, courtesy of Marcell Lombaard at Beyond The Losts Photography.