Charl Marais
/Photographer

Charl Marais is a South African fashion photographer living in London. Photograph Jacobus Snyman

Charl Marais is a South African fashion photographer living in London. Photograph Jacobus Snyman

I am a man of very few words when it comes to my work. I don’t boast about it, I believe that the work should speak for itself

I am very much old-school in my approach to fashion and my work. I always say that I was born in the wrong era, and would have loved to have been a photographer in the late eighties and early nineties; they were just inspiring. I love old photographs – the depth, grain and dirt – and the mood they exude.

I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere in South Africa. I heard the clicking sound of a camera at the age of seven and decided that was what I was going to do. I have a very passionate relationship with photography – sometimes I love it, and other times I wish I was selling fish and chips at a stand in Brighton. But mostly, I love what I do and the off-mainstream creativity in fashion right now. I just wish more men would have the balls to actually wear a skirt.

Music sets my creativity on fire. It’s something I find hard to explain in words. Both are forms of art, just different. I’m loving Sia at the moment. Beauty lies in the imperfections, and she uses her voice in that way. When you hear great music, it creates the story in your head, then with fashion you can dress the characters. In so many music videos you see this collaboration come to life; something very dramatic and beautiful can be created… can someone please tell Katy Perry?

CHARL MARAIS studied photography at Blake College. He now flits between London, Cape Town and India, working for a variety of publications and advertising clients. You can see his work in a number of shoots in this issue.