Photographer at Mail & Guardian Oupa Nkosi talks about his career path along with a little place called Nkosi’s Planet!
Where on the planet are you currently located: Johannesburg
What exactly is your job and how did you go about achieving that career path: I’m a photographer- I studied electronics before photography. I was always fascinated by photos especially ones taken during apartheid the era. This along with the encouragement that I got from my father made me like photography.
What’s a typical working day for you: I don’t know exactly, it keeps on changing. One moment I’m in the office, one moment I’m out. (FirstStep.me says: a job full of action!)
All jobs have challenges, what would you say are some of yours: Spending more time at work, covering dangerous stories, expensive equipment, etc.
Where do you see yourself in five years time: Working for foreign agencies. (FirstStep.me says: Awesome!)
Do you believe in studying as a key to success in all careers: Most definitely
Do you have any career role models that helped motivate your success: Co-workers and other "big guys" in the industry.
Highlights of your career so far: When my work was chosen to be permanently exhibited at the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, in Japan! (FirstStep.me notes: so cool!)
Funniest moment of your career so far: Been beaten on my head with a stone. (FirstStep.me says: that’s not funny that’s just mean!)
Okay serious questions over:
How many countries have you travelled through in the last 5 years: France, Zimbabwe, Mali, Senegal, Zambia,
What is your favourite website and book: www.viiphoto.com and Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter.
If you could live on and have your very own planet what would you name it: Nkosi’s Planet
Do you have any role models past and present who inspire you: My daughter and my son. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Greg Marinovich.
What message do you have for the youth of the world: Believe in your dreams and keep on dreaming.