Interview with Botswana’s Photographer Jordan Indigo Isaac

Hi everyone, today we will leave our comfort zone to meet the photographer of Botswana Jordan Indigo Isaac. Who ever follows the blog saw that very recently I worked with him on my short visit through Botswana. I  liked it so much to work with him here on the blog for you to meet him too.

Young, talented, hardworking, professional, it is very beautiful to see young people who think beyond their realities and Jordan has this and many more qualities. Stay tuned …

I love to see movement in the clothing and models, I love flowing fabric or exaggerated bows and patterns.Jordan Indigo

Jordan Indigo

CBA:  Hello Jordan. First off, can you tell us about yourself and how you got started in photography?

Jordan: My name is Jordan Indigo Isaac. I am a full time Live Performance student at AFDA Botswana and a part time Social Awareness Photographer and Blogger. I first developed an interest in Photography while being exposed to my mothers general love for capturing beautiful scenes and objects on her analogue camera, the thrill of waiting for the cameral reels to be developed was so exciting.

CBA:  How would you describe your work and your photographic style to someone who has never seen it?

Jordan: My work is blatantly visual so that the main idea and concept behind my work cannot be mistaken or miscommunicated – I am yet to venture into more abstract photography.

CBA: How did you get into Fashion Photography?

Jordan: I am a stylish person who is mad about trends, and with a camera I am able to photograph people and their personal style. My first fashion shoot was with two close friends of mine Abang Mokgano and Gorata Ntungwana who were modelling handcrafted jewellery by Mothers For All charitable trust, styled by Sophia Woi. After the amazing success of the shoot, I began taking more photos of clothing with more of a social impact.

CBA: At what point in your life did you realize that photography is what you wanted to do as a career?

Jordan: Photography is not what I want to do as my career. It is a love of mine, but not what I want to do full time for the rest of my life.

CBA:  What are the biggest challenges of working in Gaborone?

Jordan: The biggest challenges I face in Gaborone are transport and locations. Transport is not always as constant or as quick as it should be and locations are often very difficult to find, because everything has been used already.

CBA: We noticed that your projects are a collaborative process. Tell us what is like to always be working with new stylists, models, and designers or bloggers.

Jordan: Actually have never worked with another blogger until I worked with Acelga, and I always style my own models. So in terms of my shoots being a collaborative process I would say that it is always a collaboration between myself and the models. Often it would be my first time working with someone who I haven’t been able to take test shots of, so it is a very open and trusting dynamic from the get go, as we need to be very comfortable around each other in order to get the best photos.

CBA:  What kind of impact do you hope to make in the fashion world in the next 10-15 years?

Jordan: In the next 10 to 15 years I would like to have the same impact as Kim and Kanye on the fashion world – wear something and 2 seconds later the whole world is wearing it too. In terms of my boo, I would want to have a very powerful impact on the fashion world that empowers African designers and micr-businesses.


CBA:  Where do you get your creative inspiration?

Jordan: I am constantly inspired by the world and everything in it.

CBA: What is typically in your camera bag? Do you bring a lot of material with you to work?

Jordan:For starters, my camera with a fully charged battery, my Macbook, a hat or cap, suncream, lip balm, cologne – I don’t have much digital equipment yet, but I am working on it.

CBA: As a fashion photographer, what does fashion mean to you?

Jordan: Fashion has the power to influence the masses. Everyone needs to wear clothing, so whether they are breaking the bank at Gucci or saving paper at H&M, they are still buying trends, and so it is very accessible to everyone, so I want to use fashion to create awareness about certain issues within communities.

CBA: In terms of fashion brands, what does Jordan Indigo love to wear? Any favorites?

Jordan: On a more day-to-day basis, I love my H&M spray on skinny jeans, I only wear Topman and Markham shirts and I am a huge fan of Nike Air Force 1s.

CBA:  What are you looking forward to purchase next?

Jordan: I am saving for a 50mm prime Nikon lens, a genuine leather Busby backpack and a Gucci cardholder.

CBA:  What projects are you working on now?

Jordan: Currently I am working on a blog series titled Breaking Bold, which aims to dismantle hypermasculine stereotypes within African communities through celebrating one young man and his unique style sense every week, indefinitely. I want to tear down gender based fashion and inform the masses that men should be allowed to express themselves through fashion and they should not be convicted for it.

CBA: Did you have any formal training in Photography?

Jordan: No I don’t have any formal training in photography except for an online course in mobile photography which my mom paid for me a few months ago.

CBA:  Tell us what has been your favorite photo location or session?

Jordan: My favourite location and session is the Zambezi Towers in CBD for my 50 Shades of Basadi shoot. There were over 30 women dressed in nothing but lingerie standing in formation in a parking lot on a Saturday afternoon. Those women stopped traffic! When people see the photos they ask me how I managed such a riské shoot in still very traditional Botswana.


CBA: We at Carrega by Ac consider you as an outstanding, fresh very vanguard photographer. What advice do you have for aspiring photographers?

Jordan: Thank you. My advice for start-up photographers would be, to experiment as much as possible to find your purpose and take those unpaid shoot opportunities because they add to your portfolio.

CBA:  What photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?

Jordan: Scottie who owns is my all time favourite photographer and blogger who has the most influence over me.

CBA:  What makes a great fashion photograph?

Jordan: I love to see movement in the clothing and models, I love flowing fabric or exaggerated bows and patterns.

CBA:  What’s the most important thing you want potential clients, fans and our Carregados friends to know about you?

Jordan: Jordan Indigo Isaac – my name, remember it.

Jordan thank you so much for the interview, we wish u all the best, never forget this. We are so proud of u. Yes, u can doing all if u want and work hard .


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