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Ayabonga Macanda


Ayabonga Macanda is a photographer from East London who upon completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Fort Hare decided to follow his lifelong dream of becoming a professional photographer.

As a child Ayabonga was always fascinated by the phenomena of light and its dynamics – from its ease of movement, to the vast versatility it creates by shifting shapes and objects. It always amazed him how light could suddenly bring to life a dark room lit with a candle or how the sun transformed infrastructure, providing depth of character by creating shadows around it. This creative effect that light has on various spaces as well as its ability to alter our perceptions and evoke emotions not only enticed his curiosity but later urged him to finally heed to the call of passion in his adolescent years. Now specializing in portraiture, his greatest joy amongst others is that he gets to make a living out of his ability to create from simple concepts dimensional stories with images using lighting and composition to evoke depth out of simplicity.

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all your worth, and you will know the key to photography” – George Eastman