Luca Venter has one of the most unique styles of photography we've come across lately. He produces imagery that captures a place somewhere between dreams and waking life; it's an ethereal glimpse into a place you think you've been before, but can't quite remember. Originally from South Africa, Luca relocated to Colorado with his family at a young age. Growing up in a creative household allowed him to freely pursue different creative outlets, finding his true love of photography at just nine years old. We asked Luca to take his camera out with him for a day around his favorite local spots of choice—including Colorado rock formation landscapes—and to tell us more about the ideas and inspirations behind his work.
Could you give us a little background on yourself?
I was born in South Africa and moved to Colorado in 2001. My parents are both graphic designers/artists so I have been really fortunate to be surrounded by creativity my whole life and seeing my parents be creative in everything that they do has always been encouraging. Photography had always been something I loved doing from a young age and knew when I was nine years old that it was what I wanted to do.
How would you describe your unique style?
For the most part it’s dreamy—to me at least. More often than not it doesn’t relate to most of my work, but I love having certain projects where I can utilize that style.
What feeling are you trying to convey?
I don’t think I go into anything personally trying to convey any particular feelings, there’s such a broad spectrum… maybe pensive? Whatever feeling comes through is definitely up to individual interpretation.
What are your favorite subjects to shoot?
I enjoy working with musicians because there can be a lot of creative freedom. Music is such a visual thing to me and it’s really interesting getting to interpret in a visual sense. Lately I’ve been working more with brands and I like the different thought process that can go into those projects, so it is hard for me to choose a favorite!
Do you have favorite places to shoot? Or a favorite place you've traveled to?
The obvious/easiest/trendiest answer is Iceland…but genuinely, Iceland is amazing. It’s a bit unfair how easy it is to take nice photos there. I also got to visit Alaska this past summer which was cool to experience, especially in the summer when the sun doesn’t set and the light is so unique.
What is your go-to camera gear?
I try not to get too caught up in gear and try to keep it as simple as possible. I currently just have a Canon 6D and a Carl Zeiss 35mm lens.
Preferred toppings on your pizza?
Prosciutto and Arugula.
Beanie or baseball cap?
I’m not really a beanie or baseball cap person. I guess I like the sun in my face and cold ears.
Are you working on any cool personal projects?
Not at the moment. I’m constantly working on personal things that have no purpose or context, but I hope to focus on a personal project or two soon!
Can you offer any advice for new photographers?
It’s so easy to get caught up in trends and likes and whatever... I think that looking at art outside of just photography can be really important. I find architecture and design to be more inspiring to me because of the thought and process that go into them, I’m constantly trying to put more thought into what I do. Photography can seem like such an easy thing especially with how everyone and their pet have all become photographers, but it’s really rare to attain uniquity in such a saturated space.