Born in 1983 on the 5th of January, Martin Potgieter did not start out as the sought-after photographer he is today. In 2002 he took a gap year or two, exploring the UK, which is one of his favourite past times, travelling. In 2004 he spent 6 months in the U.S.A working part-time at a ski resort, where he was also in charge of the resort’s advertisement photography. In 2005 he graduated from Unisa with a BBA degree and started working as a marketing agent. Acting on his wife’s suggestion to complete a course at the National College of Photography in Pretoria, Martin discovered that he has a natural talent and passion for photography.
Receiving an increasing amount of requests to capture sports events, weddings, corporate events, fundraisers and personal shoots, Martin decided to pursue his dream by founding Bonzai Photography in 2007. Since then, he has become the preferred photographer of many note-worthy businesses, sports and entertainment personalities, government agencies, and non-profit organisations.
Apart from his corporate, personal, and catalogue shoots, Martin has also been a paramount force in capturing South Africa’s Paralympic Movement over the years. His images of the country’s top, and emerging, para-athletes date back to the 2010 Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled – an event he has been photographing ever since.
Martin’s work has been featured in/on numerous print (front pages of newspapers) and broadcast media, corporate newsletters, websites, and even a number of high-end presentations at various conferences and seminars, including the popular Ted Talks, Kyknet’s Dagbreek and many more.
Giving back has always been a priority. His work with the Jumping Kids Foundation, a non-profit organisation, deserves a special mention. Images of the children, ambassadors, and events associated with Jumping Kids have touched, and continue to inspire, a world-wide audience.
“Whatever your discipline, become a student of excellence in all things. Take every opportunity to observe people who manifest the qualities of mastery. These models of excellence will inspire you and guide you toward the fulfilment of your highest potential.” ~ Martin Potgieter