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The Whitcher Club by ChanelRossouw
The Whitcher Club
A work in progress (actually a very personal Early Christmas present for my husband)

Welcome to The Whitcher Club, an exclusive club with one member: My husband. Yup, a whole CI designed so that I could surprise Ray and make him smile :). The membership incudes an all \-access membership card as well as a yearly voucher booklet. I obviously didn't display the very personal (VERRRRY PERSONAL) vouchers here :P.

He absolutely loved it! I sneaked an envelope (countaining all printed products) onto our kitchen counter yesterday. His response: Oh wow, this si so fancy, who would send me something so cool?"

As soon as he saw "The Whitcher Club" Logo, he knoew ;)

Do something nice and super unique for your husband/wife/partner whatever. Just do something nice.
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#FeesMustFall by ChanelRossouw
#FeesMustFall
If you've been following the news:

"The Wits #FeesMustFall protest is brave and necessary. Students are putting their bodies and education on the line to protest first about the fee increase for next year – which puts the upfront registration payment at nearly R10,000 – but also against the financial exclusion of black students from the university in general. To put it another way – these students are protesting the institutional violence inflicted by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). This violence destroys lives in a more systematic, brutal way than physical violence. It excludes the majority of the population from tertiary education programmes that we are told make one ‘successful’ or ‘marketable’ or ‘employable’. The thousands of protesters are students who have studied, who want to write exams, and want to finish their degrees, who want to graduate. But, in risking all of this to protest, we are deemed violent, ‘uncivilised’ and ‘barbaric’."

So I decided to create a "protesters survival kit" after seeing the protests turn violent outside parliament yesterday.

Large version here: www.behance.net/gallery/305670…
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Hi guys!

 

It's been a while since I made a proper post to my page. Reason? I've been super busy with rAge prep and life :). Being married is so much fun but it's also a full time thing ;).

I decided to make a post today because over the rAge weekend I got asked the same question a few times:

"Why don't you photograph cosplay anymore?"

And it's a very good/valid question. I might do a vlog for those who are too lazy to read this long-ass post :P.

So here goes:

Cosplay photography (and event photography in general) has become a chore to me, it’s no longer a thing I do for the fun of it, to capture moments. I stopped because it was no longer about my images, but the people in my images. People forget that photographers are people, real people with emotions and all that crap. People forget that photography is a skill, something you become good at because you really love it. It got to a point where it was almost expected of me, which felt a little unfair. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done some really awesome stuff with really amazing people who made me feel like I was worthy of having them as my subject matter (looking at you Morgane and Ray).

rAge used to be my playground, I felt pretty special being able to see a lot of cosplays before anyone else saw them, it was the one event where I felt wanted, needed. (Un)fortunately, photography has become so common place and cosplay photographers are a dime a dozen these days. And please don’t get me wrong, it has nothing to do with jealousy or seeking attention. Not at all. I’m stoked about the sudden increase in cosplay photographers, for the sake of cosplay photography and the influx of cosplay in South Africa. Growth is always good, it helps us evolve and move forward to reach global standards.

So what is my problem then? Well, people discard you when something better comes along (and I’m really not referring to anyone specifically), it’s just a human law (kinda). I suppose I got to a point where I was always in the background (where I like being) and I lost interest in the craft.

But it’s not all bad. I stepped away from Cosplay and rediscovered why I started practicing photography in the first place: My love for nature, the unseen things. I realised that I’d kinda sold out in a way. Lost my passion. And I had to stop, step back and look around. So I made the decision to retire and just live, with or without a camera. I haven’t been happier.

This is really not a rant or me bitching about cosplay or photography. I’m letting you know why I retired.

Have a great weekend guys!

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Kind of a big deal, huh?

Yeah, I'm getting married this month. Excited, nervous, sad (because I'm giving up my surname). I've never done this wedding thing before so I really don't know what to expect.

Why am I even typing this on dA? I guess it'll affect my username.

Whatever.
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Whitchcraft by ChanelRossouw
Whitchcraft
CaptainUnobservant & I have started a freelance business together :D (Big Grin) :happybounce: +fav deviantART Groups 

You can follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Whitchery

We're combining my skills (graphic design) with his skills (illustration) to make magic :). So if you're in need of some design, drop us a message!
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Hi guys!

 

It's been a while since I made a proper post to my page. Reason? I've been super busy with rAge prep and life :). Being married is so much fun but it's also a full time thing ;).

I decided to make a post today because over the rAge weekend I got asked the same question a few times:

"Why don't you photograph cosplay anymore?"

And it's a very good/valid question. I might do a vlog for those who are too lazy to read this long-ass post :P.

So here goes:

Cosplay photography (and event photography in general) has become a chore to me, it’s no longer a thing I do for the fun of it, to capture moments. I stopped because it was no longer about my images, but the people in my images. People forget that photographers are people, real people with emotions and all that crap. People forget that photography is a skill, something you become good at because you really love it. It got to a point where it was almost expected of me, which felt a little unfair. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done some really awesome stuff with really amazing people who made me feel like I was worthy of having them as my subject matter (looking at you Morgane and Ray).

rAge used to be my playground, I felt pretty special being able to see a lot of cosplays before anyone else saw them, it was the one event where I felt wanted, needed. (Un)fortunately, photography has become so common place and cosplay photographers are a dime a dozen these days. And please don’t get me wrong, it has nothing to do with jealousy or seeking attention. Not at all. I’m stoked about the sudden increase in cosplay photographers, for the sake of cosplay photography and the influx of cosplay in South Africa. Growth is always good, it helps us evolve and move forward to reach global standards.

So what is my problem then? Well, people discard you when something better comes along (and I’m really not referring to anyone specifically), it’s just a human law (kinda). I suppose I got to a point where I was always in the background (where I like being) and I lost interest in the craft.

But it’s not all bad. I stepped away from Cosplay and rediscovered why I started practicing photography in the first place: My love for nature, the unseen things. I realised that I’d kinda sold out in a way. Lost my passion. And I had to stop, step back and look around. So I made the decision to retire and just live, with or without a camera. I haven’t been happier.

This is really not a rant or me bitching about cosplay or photography. I’m letting you know why I retired.

Have a great weekend guys!

  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: The hum of the aircon

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ChanelRossouw
Chanel Rossouw
Artist | Professional | Design & Interfaces
South Africa
I am...
o A Johannes-burger-safrican
o A qualified Graphic Designer
o Your friend
o Not an alien
o Someone who just digs beautiful photographs
o In love with textures, light, beautiful things, detail and the 80's
o I love cats ^^
o I also collect ceramic cats and everything else cat related
o I drink way too much tea but I'm totally allowed to
o I believe in magic and glitter and love
o C O L O U R lots of it


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ark-shade Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Student Artist
Thanks for adding me to your watch I really appreciate it a lot Come and see me for your free Commission also please answer the Commission Journal's Questions if you are ready for the free Commission. I hope you enjoy all the future Art that will be coming soon.
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Flynumber9 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the faveHug 
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ChanelRossouw Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Pleasure! :D
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there! Thank you very much for the watch!

I hope you're having a nice day :)
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ChanelRossouw Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Only a pleasure!

Have yourself a great day too!
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dino-damage Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks 4 the WATCH!
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ChanelRossouw Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Pleasure :)
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tattooed155 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:s on Cyrah and Pre-Autumn.
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ChanelRossouw Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
No probs :)
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Astral-Chan Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Student Filmographer
Thanks for the watch :) And heeeey you're also from South-Africa~ 
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