Simon Sephton is a publisher by profession but has been passionately taking photographs ever since he first used an old box camera at the age of about 7 or 8. He developed his passion through many hours in a darkroom during his school days, where he won regional photographic awards, and his first job was, as a 17-year-old darkroom assistant, on a major national newspaper. The arrival of the digital age coincided with Simon’s widening exploration of the mountains of the Cape peninsula in South Africa, and he soon developed a passion for water photography, in particular.
Water, one of the earth’s most plentiful resources and yet the most precious, increasingly occupies a battle-ground as political, commercial, environmental, and scientific interests compete to control, channel, and exploit it. It is easy to forget that it is also the principal substance of our bodily being, the nurturer of all life, and a reflector and container of light and beauty. These photographs bring the viewer the gift of waters most rarely noticed, recording moments of intense perception. Here water is ‘held still’ so that we can feel and see the confluence of memory, passion, and reverence.
He has held successful exhibitions of his water photographs in Cape Town, South Africa, where he lives and works, and his work hangs in private collections in South Africa, England, USA, and Switzerland.