The photographer on winter style + finding solace
Words: Nhlanhla Masemola | Images: Luke Kuisis
Pictures have a way of transporting us to new places. But what of the individuals who create them? To celebrate the work of good photography, we’re chatting to a few of the photographers we admire to see how they’re living, what they’re wearing and what’s keeping them inspired these days. First on our list is none other than Luke Kuisis. If you’re familiar with some of Superbalist’s brilliant campaigns, then you should be no stranger to Luke. With his keen eye and minimalist sensibilities, he’s crafted some of our team’s most memorable images. Luke was kind enough to turn the camera around and make himself the star of our story.
How’s life treating you at home?
It started off as a bit of a rollercoaster, but I’m starting to enjoy it now. I've created a new routine and I'm really enjoying cooking and doing the things that I never have time to do.
On any other day, how do you usually get dressed?
I keep things pretty simple: either a white or black tee, black trousers, white or black sneakers and generally a hat – a five-panel or a bucket hat.
And how would you describe your style?
Minimalist and functional.
How did you get into photography?
I took it as a subject while studying graphic design in Pretoria. When I was done studying, I moved to Cape Town to pursue a career in it. I started off doing shoots for model agencies and assisting a few local photographers and that eventually turned into what I’m doing now.
What do you think separates your work from everyone else?
It’s clean and considered.
What is your favourite part of your job?
All the amazing people I get to work with and meet.
What’s the last thing you bought and love?
A pair of white canvas sneakers.
What would you consider your favourite winter staple?
Anything on your wishlist that you’re still dreaming of getting in your closet?
Some workwear-style jackets.
Our clothes often have a story to tell. Is there any significant memory you can share about any garment you own?
I have an old mohair jacket that used to be my grandfather’s. I’ve never met him, but it always makes me happy knowing that he wore it and now I am.
How do you feel about clothes being used to feel good in right now, rather than something to go out in?
I feel it’s still important to get dressed in the morning and put on what you would normally wear if you were going out into the world. I still do that every day and I feel like it helps me mentally.
What two things are keeping you sane right now?
A podcast called WorkLife with Adam Grant and my daily run.
What’s the last show you binge-watched?
Where are you finding inspiration?
Other photographers and my old work.