SUSAN GREEFF

Biography

They say a golden thread runs through our life experiences which will ultimately lead us to our life’s purpose; each of those experiences shape and grow our talents and natural gifts which could be used and shared to serve a higher purpose.

As I look back on my life I can clearly see how images, travel and supporting others started having an impact on my life from a very young age.

My interest in photography came from my mother’s photo albums and magazines, specially the square formatted black and white images; my father loved to travel and I was always out of my skin happy when we were woken early mornings to take a road trip to the Karoo or wherever.

Supporting others with challenging life issues came natural, even as a young child, so it was a natural choice to go into the field of coaching and counseling.

My creative spirit emerged late in life and nudged me towards taking up photography again, which I did a little bit, with a point and shoot earlier on, and this time it was with a “proper” digital camera. I am more a feeling kind of photographer, connecting with my subject on an emotional and soulful level, intuitively looking for an expression, a behavior, a pattern to capture that moment, which the late photographer, Henry Cartier-Brasson, coined as “the decisive moment”.

Photography allowed me to travel and discover beautiful places, people and have amazing experiences. I became aware of the powerful transformative qualities not only for myself, but also with the people I worked and travel and ultimately the viewer as well. I like to think of my photography as creating awareness of our life journeys and connections with animals, people, places and The Universe.

Photography and Traveling have the amazing gifts of opening up our senses to new experiences, to change our perceptions, to liberate us from comfort zones and to take us on inner journeys.

 
AWARDS

2018 1st Place Category Winner - The 13th International Color Awards (Cow-Boy I - African Tribes Ethiopia)

2018 Honorable Mention - The 13th Black & White Spider Awards (People - Dog on leash)

2018 Honorable Mention - The 13th Black & White Spider Awards (Children of the World - Portraits from Ethiopia II)

2018 Nominee - The 13th Black & White Spider Awards (Children of the World - Portraits of Ethiopia I)

2018 Nominee - The 13th Black & White Spider Awards (Children of the World - Portraits of Ethiopia III)

2017 Finalist - Art Gemini PhotoX (Mother & Child)

2017 Finalist - Art Gemini PhotoX (Mother & Children)

2017 Honorable Mention - The 12th Black & White Spider Awards ( Wildlife - Rhino Reflection)

2016 Honorable Mention - The 11th Annual Black & White Spider Awards  (Children of the World - Flower Boy I)

2016 Honorable Mention - The 11th Black & White Spider Awards (People - San Women Beading)

2016 Nominee - The 11th Black & White Spider Awards (Children of the World - Brothers)

2016 Nominee - The 11th Black & White Spider Awards (Children of the World - Mursi Girls)

2016 Nominee - The 11th Black & White Spider Awards (Portraits - Karo Woman)

2016 Nominee - The 11th Black & White Spider Awards (Wildlife - Elephant Herd)

2016 Finalist - Getaway Magazine Gallery Competition (Children of the World - Flower Boy I)

2015 Nominee - 10th Black & White Spider Awards (Children of the World - Himba Girl)

2015 Nominee - 10th Black & White Spider Awards (Wildlife - Leopard & Zebra)

2013 Nominee - 8th Black & White Spider Awards (Wildlife - Zebra - Born Free)

 
PUBLICATIONS

2019 International Color Awards Photographer of the Year Winner Online Book Volume 1 

(Category: African Tribes Ethiopia - Children of the World - Cow-Boy I - Page 226)

https://www.colorawards.com/winnersbook/2019/v1/#page=226

2019 Black & White Spider Awards International B&W Photographer of the Year Online Winners Book Volume 1 

(Category: Children of the World - Portraits of Ethiopia II - Page 147)

https://www.thespiderawards.com/winnersbook/vol1/ 

2019 Black & White Spider Awards International B&W Photographer of the Year Winners Online Book Volume 2 

(Category: People - Dog on Leash - Page 18)

https://www.thespiderawards.com/winnersbook/vol2/

2017/18 INSIDE ARTISTS Magazine Winter Issue 11 - Artist Profile

2017 CREATIVE ARTIST Yearbook Collector's Edition - Artist Profile

2017 The Sixth Annual EXPOSURE Photography Award (Travel - Tribal Village)

2017 Africa Geographic Year Book (Mother & Child)

2017 Africa Geographic Year Book (Boy in Window)

2015 The EXPOSURE  Award - The Body Collection (Nude)

EXHIBITIONS

2019 Solo Exhibition on going - Always Summer Photo Gallery - Langebaan, South Africa

2017 Exhibition Finalist - Art Gemini PhotoX - London (Mother & Child)

2017 Exhibition Finalist - Art Gemini PhotoX - London (Mother & Children)

2014-2015 Solo Exhibition - CAT Gallery, Barrydale, South Africa (Desert & Figure in Landscape)

2012 - Solo Exhibition - Asthetik Fotografie Studio, Kerpen-Horrem, Germany (Desert & Figure in Landscape)

2011 - Student Exhibition - Cape Town School of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa

2010 - Student Exhibition - Cape Town School of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa

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