Professional Portfolio – Emil Wessels

When Emil Wessels watched his first print come to life in a friend’s darkroom many years ago he was hooked. The thrill of knowing he had created something drove him to take more pictures and do it better than before. Emil will tell you how many different people and things have influenced his photography, but it is Gordon Riddick who influenced him most in his youth. Emil recounts how Gordon gave him the guidance and recognition he needed at a time when his talent was still being developed. He now tries to do the same for up and coming photographers by helping them better understand the craft and giving them the recognition they require to believe in themselves. He says, ‘If you spend time with people who are better than you, you can get inspiration to become better, whereas if you spend time with people who have not reached the same level as you you need to give them the inspiration to become better. When you give someone recognition, you open their boundaries.’

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Greg W - Admin

You may know me better as 'Admin', as I work more behind the scenes to keep PhotoComment running smoothly, so here is a short history of how I got here. I started working in a camera store right out of high school having never picked up a camera before. I spent a few years working there and then moved to wholesale and then made a big change and went into the cycling industry for a few years, however I could not stay away and made the move back into the photography industry and have been working with PhotoComment since March 2008. It has become a passion and a labor of love to bring the best photographic content to you.