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We've come to final installment of our Canon Series interview with band photographer David Devo Oosthuizen. Not only does he provide some great tips for those trying to make a living from photography, but he also takes us through the story behind his favourite image.

What would be the best piece of advice for someone starting off in a photography career? 

David Devo Oosthuizen: Always do your homework and be prepared to put in the hard graft and legwork, no matter how accomplished you think you are. Show up early or stay later, but get it done better than others. Above all stay humble and remember why you do this. Never assume anybody is going to do you any favours, this world thrives on pushing you down, so work bloody hard and earn every opportunity! 

Be consistently good, but also bring that touch of flare and unpredictability. One of my long-time inspirations, Henry Rollins said: “Want to be a success? Work at it. Want to be truly exceptional? Be a touch insane... You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.”

What is your favourite personal photo and why? Is there a particular story behind it that makes it stand out?

A personal favourite photo of mine is from the first Kataklysm Tour in July 2014 – due to the story, not necessarily for the actual photo itself. Witchdoctor Productions is a local award-winning promoter formed in 1999. After some time on hiatus they made a triumphant return in 2014 with Kataklysm re-opening the proverbial floodgates for ongoing international acts touring South Africa. Despite many setbacks and challenges the tour happened.


David Devo Oostuizen's favourite photo

This photo was taken right at the end of the show and stands as proof that hard work and tenacity can overcome any adversity. The image was intended to be a traditional band-and-crowd photo, typically done at the end of a show. There was, however, no stopping the passionate crowd who zealously rushed the stage as soon as the band finished and just as I was about to snap the pic.

I just love the range of emotions on the faces of the crowd, the band and the proud promoter. I also love the beautiful diversity in the crowd, showing black and white enjoying metal hand-in-hand. The photo best demonstrates the sheer energy of a show like this as well as the challenging conditions photographers have to shoot under.

Click here for Part 1 and Part 2. All images courtesy of and copyright by David Devo Oosthuizen. For more of David Devo Oosthuizen's work:

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