(b 1992South Africa. Lives and works in Stellenbosch)
The male figure is a prominent subject in Louw’s photography, which stems from his interest in human relationships and the environments in which desire plays out. Central to his work is experimentation with photographic processes, namely the 19th century salt print process and silver gelatin print. He regularly combines glass, cloth and imitation gold leaf with these processes to reconfigure the original image.
“I like to say that I am a languid photographer,” says Louw. “What I mean to express is that I don’t actively seek to photograph, but have adopted a languorous photographic methodology; a perpetual process of photographing on the fly, so to speak. Through this process I build an archive of images captured in response to my experiences.”