Betina Du Toit is a photographer who can truly capture Summer; her images are suffused with the type of dusty, rolling heat which is always so present in our best-remembered Augusts. Nostalgia, youth and beauty are a failsafe triptych in her work, captured delicately and with intimacy. So It Goes asked her a few questions about her work and picked out some favourites in her oeuvre.
Where are you from and where do you work?
I grew up in South Africa in a town called Wellington just a few miles outside Cape Town. The diverse landscapes here often encourage my work, and it stays a favourite place of mine to shoot.
You've chosen your favourite images for So It Goes - what is it captured in these images which makes them special for you?
Maybe there's a connection with the person or the fable created within the image for me, but most often it is simply that those images make me feel something.
What are the elements that inform your aesthetic? Your images often remind me of films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock - do you have favourite references that you return to?
To be honest I really don’t know. It’s definitely not one thing. Or even references. It’s probably a culmination of ideas, experiences, things I’ve seen, things I’ve heard before… but I do think it’s very much a reflection of what I sense or identify with that instinctively tends to reoccur in my work.
What would be the musical soundtrack to your work (if it were embodied in sound)?
Hopefully something by Morrissey.
All images courtesy of Betina Du Toit.