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Young Proffessionals to Watch: Laura McCullagh, photographer.

Photographer Laura McCullagh, CT

Young Cape Tonian professionals are making names for themselves in the arts.

One such dynamic individual is the inspiring and humble photographer,

Laura McCullagh.

Best known for her band photography as seen in Your LMG (local free music magazine and gig guide), Laura is a young lady that exudes passion and professionalism. She is a hardworking, dedicated fan of both live music and photography. If there is a decent gig in town Laura McCullagh will be there. She really does seem to be everywhere, all the time, camera in hand. 

The Laura McCullagh Interview:

DANI:   In a few words, sum up the essence of you

LAURA:  I’m a creative person who loves all things art and music-related…and stuff like cats and flowers too…

DANI:  Where are you from and how did you become involved in Photography?

LAURA: I’m from Cape Town and a creative family – I started hijacking my parents’ digital camera in my early teens and became serious about photography (ie. got my own camera) at around 14.

DANI:  If you had to classify your work in one or two sentences it would be:

LAURA: For the most part, I try to focus on aesthetics and mood first and foremost, so I’d like to be able to describe most of my work as pretty and/or emotionally interesting.

Chris Steampunk

 Laura’s ability to bring emotion through her images is uncanny. She has this extraordinary ability to capture the theatrical qualities in the mundane things of life.

DANI: Which have been your favourite shoots and why?

LAURA: Synergy 2011 was amazing, mainly because I had media accreditation and was allowed to go all over the place. That kind of freedom was incredible!

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Synergy 2011

DANI: What or whom would you love to photograph if you could choose anything or anyone in the world? Why?

LAURA: Iceland – it’s just ridiculously beautiful, all of it. I would love to wander around that country with a camera. Also, the Northern Lights – though I think my heart might explode if I saw them in real life.

Laura is not limited to band photography

DANI: Where can one find your work?

LAURA: On my website and blog (www.lauramccullagh.com/blog/), facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Laura.McCullagh.Art) and often in Your LMG magazine.

DANI: What is the greatest lesson life has taught you thus far?

LAURA: Not everyone can follow their passion full-time but that’s okay, as long as you keep doing what you love and what makes you happy as much as you can…at least, that’s what I try to do.


DANI: If you could work with or for another Photographer, who would it be? And why?

LAURA: I dunno if I’d be able to handle working with/for him (the pressure, aaah), but I’d love to meet someone like Anton Corbijn…his photographic work is iconic, as are the artists he’s worked with, but aside from that he also makes music videos and films. It’s my big dream to be doing that combination too someday…

DANI:  If someone made a movie of your life; Who would play the lead? What would the theme be? Would you watch it?

LAURA: Hahaha honestly, if someone wanted to make a movie of my life I’d find a way to talk them out of it.

DANI: When I die I want the world to remember this:

LAURA: Erm well it has no bearing on my death but in general I think we forget too easily that there is actually beauty all around us, even if it gets obscured by all the bad stuff. I feel a bit like a hypocrite saying that because I’m a total cynic but deep down (and in some cases, deeper than that) I think we’re all optimists and want to be happy. You don’t have to try to always look on the bright side, but it’s good to remember that not everything sucks…making or looking at beautiful things helps with this I think.

Aesthetically and emotionally appealling shots: The Great Apes

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Running away with Circ du Soleil!

‘Ladies and Gentlemen I present: The Exciting! The magnificent! The Marvelous! Incredible, Thrilling, Out-of-this-world experience that is THE CIRCUS! ’

The awesome internationally acclaimed Circ du Soleil swung into Cape Town’s entertainment scene with an almighty ‘whoosh’ of magical mayhem. My pursuit of leisure led me to Grand West’s main arena for the spectacular spectacle that is Circ du Soleil! Sold out nearly immediately, they consented to add another five full days of performances to the Cape Town leg of the circus’ South-African tour and even then the packed arena was near capacity! Yipee!

The cast of mischievous circus folk includes clowns, acrobats, contortionists, strong-men, mimes and many more performing gravity-defying feats of unnatural proportions accompanied by phenomenal musical performances by a cast of live musicians and even Opera singers. All tied together with a candy-striped ribbon of comedic genius, the show was a boisterous manifestation of all things astonishingly bizarre.
The mime was laugh-out-loud funny with his interactive skits! The script was far beyond peculiar twisting the mundane into the extraordinary, making truth and impossibility as jumbled-up as the contortionists! We saw men and women held horizontally on a thin pole high in the air and ladies spinning and spiraling through the air and landing on spindle-thin swings. There were drummers and dancers, bicycles and bosses that all the other whatever-they-ares hailed. We saw giant hats and acrobats and a big-bellied blue guy with a tail.
Even if carnivals and creatures are not your thing, one simply can not deny the sheer wonder of the circus or hold a great measure of respect for the patience and perseverance it takes to perform such acts with the grace and technique to make it look so easy! It is born of preposterous miracles and ridiculous marvels, a juxtaposition of sensational sensations, the audacity to shock and amaze as only circus folk can! Circ du Soleil truly is the height of breathtaking entertainment!
 All sneaky pictures are the property of Gabrielle Van Hinsbergen of Gabrielle.vH.Photography
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