~ My Story ~

by Luke Hagemann December. 10, 2016 1117 views


A self-portrait taken by someone incredibly special to me. I am not a person who enjoys being in front o f the lens (hence being a outspoken photographer). This shot had to be taken as I needed it to print onto canvas for Christmas. Oh the jolly time this special someone and I had, but most importantly the frustration! I am so sued to be being behind the lens that my level and feeling of vulnerability and comfortableness was at its hiatus. I am the one shouting out the poses, checking if the hair is in place and whatever else we photographers do!

"When the vision in your head becomes the lump in your throat - that's photography!"

A passionate photographer!


Originally from the pin-prick of a city, Grahamstown, I moved to Port Elizabeth to pursue and study a degree in Geology and Mathematical Statistics. This was a five year culture shocking journey through the sciences, a tough and arduous one which slowly began to overshadow my true passion and creativity; which lay dormant for those long and lab-groping dark years. During these tempestuous times, I grew immensely - above and beyond all my known expectations. I always felt and had known that during those fives years I was not following the calling for my life, yet being the diligent worker that I am I kept myself in the continuous life-gear of finishing my BS of c* degree. However I felt that I was on my last trapeze and after that I would have nothing more to catch onto but only a small empty space.

This was when I hit my life's jackpot! 


Sitting in my ungodlyishly early morning statistics class listening to the lecturer (who had taken me for 2 years, and who I had never liked - we had an uncanny student-teacher relationship where we knew we both didn't like each other) rattle on in a language that only the four walls and the six students in the class new; nothing new right? I had my usual spot in the lecture/conference room, near a window that looked out over the parking lot where my car was parked. During that paramount (to me) moment I asked myself if this was my true life's purpose. "No". That is all that came to my mind. "No".

That was my defining moment, amongst many others, that made and defined the strong and passionate person I am a this crowning moment. My whole life has been a difficult yet unusually promising journey of self-discovery that has swept me off my feet to destinations unknown.

I am continuously learning and capturing; not only pictures and objects, but continually encapsulating who I am and what I am becoming - in front of and especially behind the lens...

*BS of c - BSc (Bachelor of Sciences)

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Helen Hooker 4 years, 2 months ago

Great self portrait. It's funny the unexpected directions life takes us in....

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Radha Mistry 4 years, 2 months ago

Hey, Im very new to this photoblog community but I like your style, the quotes, thoughts and quality of pics.

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
Carl Schraefel 4 years, 2 months ago

Very photogenic you are! Thanks for sharing aspects of your life, I will be following your every move now, well what you choose to post at least... LOL

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
Luke Hagemann Replied to Carl Schraefel 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you very much Carl! I am really glad you enjoyed the post. I have some interesting stuff coming soon, so stay tuned!

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ben Mckechnie 4 years, 2 months ago

Hi Luke. Welcome to the PhotoBlog community! It's really good to have
you with us. Great portrait (self or otherwise). Very professional. Looking
forward to seeing more of your work!

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
Luke Hagemann Replied to Ben Mckechnie 4 years, 2 months ago

Hi Ben!
Thank you for your message and encouraging words, I really appreciate them and they meas a lot to me!
Thank you for your follow as well and I look forward to following all of your journeys!
Have an awesome day!

4 years, 2 months ago Edited
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