Bio and Statement

“I am interested in exploring different ways in which the female body can be represented visually. My work challenges the viewer to question traditional boundaries (concerning the body, the self, social norms and objectification) and defy easy definition of female identity. Through making these photographs I challenge women (and myself) to take hold of their femaleness and their own bodies, to allow for a more authentic expression, whatever that may be. The process of choosing the women I photograph is intuitive. I enter into a relationship with the person being photographed, and create a creative and 
therapeutic space to allow for a deeper feeling level to be expressed. When taking self portraits, I make use of a self timer and have very little time to “think” when composing the photograph. The experience of making these self portraits are incredibly intense, both physically and psychologically, and often brings me in touch with something quite transcendent. ”

Stefanie studied communication design, fine art and photography at The Open Window School of Visual Communication, Pretoria (1999 - 2002). With a special interest in photography she furthered her studies at the National College of Photography in Pretoria, where she graduated with a joined best portfolio award, in 2003. After her studies she started a commercial photography studio, and was signed to Shine Photography Johannesburg, (2004 – 2007). In 2008, Stefanie moved to the UK where she studied for a diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London, (2009 - 2013). This experience of in depth enquiry into the human psyche (and soul) greatly informs her work as a fine art photographer.
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