Overwhelmed by the beauty Namibia offers, Julius Hamporo (21) has always been fascinated with the beautiful memories confined in picture backgrounds derived from Namibian landscapes.
Hamporo decided to make a living out of taking pictures because he wanted to make sure people could always have a chance to tell a story to their friends and family members through them.
However, he made the decision to do photography as a business when he finished his secondary schooling in 2009 from Oluno Secondary School in Oshikango.
“I passed my high school examination; unfortunately, my parents could not afford to pay for my tertiary education. It is then that I decided that I was going to change my passion into a business in order to pay my school fees and take care of myself,” he said.
He started doing photography back in the north by taking pictures of individuals, then started attending events such as weddings, engagements or any other events where he would be contracted to.
In 2011, a friend of his invited him to come establish his business in the capital where he could get more customers; a decision he has never regretted.
Currently, he does not have his own studio, so he works from home and sometimes takes pictures randomly in the streets of photo lovers for a fee, usually up to N$20 for a full-size photo.
“People are keener to have their pictures taken during summer. It is also easy to get a lot of customers around the end of the month. During those times, I get a lot of requests to take pictures at events or by people wanting to memorise moments with friends and family at eating spots around town. I also make video recordings on clients’ request,” he pointed out.
He has also registered for a mechanical engineering course at Arandis Namibian Mining Institute that compels him to do theory for six months at the coast, while for the rest of the six months of the year, he will be doing practical in the capital.
He noted that the photography industry is not easy to make a living from as it is very competitive, especially in the capital where most people have taken photography as a business in order to survive.
“It is a competitive world we are living in and I am not backing down from what I love. I will keep on doing it until I achieve my goal of making it big in this industry,” he said.
Hamporo sees his future as full of picture-taking; he plans to open his own studio as soon as he is done with studies. He cannot picture his life without photography, he says.