Before The Veil - Karl Schoemaker
Before The Veil Photography Book

About "Before The Veil"

Two lights, a backdrop, and a chair found on a rubbish dump.
These were all I wanted to use to capture my subjects under unforgiving lighting. 
The common thread throughout though, is that a veil gets pulled up when people sit for portraits. The fake smile appears and sometimes, the selfie head tilt. I wanted to get the image before the real person disappeared and  ‘pose mode’ appeared. 
We all have a veil, and most of us dislike seeing pictures of ourselves, especially when we are not in control of the process, and even less so when the portrait is raw and unforgiving, showing every blemish and imperfection.
Caught unaware, each face shows the real person whether laughing, frowning or just feeling taken aback by my instruction. 
They told me stories and anecdotes that were difficult to get out at times. Their comments tell a story that is shared in this book.
Karl Schoemaker Photography Cattle Drive
Karl Schoemaker photographer
I share Elliot Erwitt’s view that “photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them”. Follow my photography, adopt new perspectives and surprise yourself with the unexpected beauty of the everyday.
This site contains a selection of my personal body of work featuring photography from around the world. Following an Honours Degree in Fine Art (Photography) at Rhodes University under the guidance of renowned photographer Obie Oberholzer, I worked as a photographer in Johannesburg. My career path veered into the corporate world of information technology and knowledge management until, in 2009, I moved to Port Elizabeth and returned to photography full time.
A touch over ten years ago, I gave up my corporate desk jockey job, and moved down to Port Elizabeth. It was here that I returned to my original career choice, and passion, which is Photography. Started life again, and never looked back. Moving from an inland city, to a smaller coastal town takes some adjustment, and after a few months all was good. The bonus of living at the coast, is being there. A late afternoon drive along the ocean to Sacramento grounds you, and releases stress. Once there, I usually find a bench, crack open a cold beer (just one, unless someone else is driving). Then I stick my binoculars to my face and watch the whales playing. It’s really horrible…
This image I took in the DRC, of the rain forest. A rare gap appeared while flying over the canopy which revealed the incredibly high trunks and branches of the trees (apparently from 60-70 metres high). The forest floor is not yet visible in this shot. I really love this pic, I find it peaceful and calming. My intention was to print it onto wallpaper and apply it onto one of my bedroom walls…that was a few years ago…yet to do it. Sigh could’ve, should’ve, would’ve I hope when you look at it, it gives you peace too.