As with several other thirty9 photographers, Johan Swanepoel first used a camera when film and darkrooms were the medium and process by which images were made. He saw the technical advancement into digital photography as positive and leveraged it to maintain his interest and experiment with how to improve his work. “Photography allows me to express a small part of myself during that specific moment. It may be a message, feeling, or just the beauty itself.” Johan’s focus on beauty contributes considerably to his love for working with black and white photography, as he says it fosters a clean style that allows the message or beauty of the subject to become the point of focus. “The reward of sharing this with another person is priceless.” After shooting stunning photographs on location - as you will see with his black and white animal imagery - Johan has spent the past year focusing on studio photography, which provides him with more flexible work hours and better control over light sources. He built his own studio and plans to concentrate on this type of work for the time being.