Lesanne Dunlop

One on One with Lesanne Dunlop

Lesanne Dunlop is a professional photographer, with a degree in photojournalism from Rhodes University, 6 years of practical experience, and her own successful photographic company ‘Lesanne Photography’.

‘I am very diverse in what I shoot. My photography focuses on capturing the soul within the subject, from a tree to a baby to a building, everything has character and something special about it.’

Lesanne was contracted by a large tourism company ‘Africa Albida Tourism’ to do a six month stint taking photos for them in Victoria Falls, but a year later she is firmly settled and has no intention of ever leaving! ‘I have travelled to many places around the world, but I have never felt more at home anywhere else. The energy in the Falls is so positive with an abundance of beauty everywhere you look. I do love my life in this little town!’

Although Lesanne specialises in marketing and wedding photography, she has also launched a photographic safari company called ‘Photogra ca’ which focuses on learning how to use your camera in the bush. The safaris are running in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Botswana,Zambia and Mozambique.

The bush is where my heart lies so this year I plan to spend a lot more time focusing on my landscapes and wildlife photography.Along side this I find teaching people how to use their camera to capture their memories, very rewarding.’

Lesanne also plans to release a coffee table book entitled ‘Landscapes of Africa’ at the end this year. In 2013 she backpacked from Kenya through Tanzania, Botswana and Zambia to Zimbabwe to capture different landscapes within these countries. ‘Africa’s sunsets, sunrises, thunderstorms, starry nights, gushing waterfalls, lush greenery, desolate deserts and dramatic mountain ranges, are in nite and the diversity is simply sublime. My dream is to be able to share this with the world through my photographs.’ In closing Lesanne describes what drives and motivates her to be in this industry,

‘What I love about taking pictures is that you are forced to be creative in the most mundane of settings, to see beauty within the depths of despair, light amidst the darkness, and to capture a moment, that without you, would have gone unnoticed.’

This is why I am a photographer.’