Who is Derrick Manyika?
Derrick is a photographer and videographer based in Harare Zimbabwe. Outside work he is a son, a brother, and a friend. Most importantly Derrick is a God’s child.
What inspired you to become a photographer?
Growing up I have always been fascinated with all things related to art and fashion. I used to spend time trying out different outfits and taking pictures. I used to find so much joy in buying clothes for people, exploring new joints and trends for my friends. Funny enough I eventually made it my side hustle in high school lol. Additionally, I loved painting, until this day my sister has some drawings I did for her when I was in primary school. I was also very much interested in interior design. I remember, I used to change my room set up every other month trying to find new ways to make it look cooler than it was before. I have always been pretty much passionate about art.
The best thing that happened to me was the discovery photography. It stole my heart right away. I had found something that brought everything I love together and still it continues to do so. I feel like I get to learn a lot more about myself through photography which is a blessing. I get to travel, meet and work with different people, learn about businesses, explore different cultures, try out different foods☺️ and guess what? I do all this while I am working so I get to have beautiful experiences while getting paid! I honestly would not have it any other way. If you know me well then you know I’m one person who is so confident in the fact that I’m living my purpose. I LOVE my Job and what I do so much, I feel humbled that I get the opportunity to do what I love and it keeps me going.
Is there anything you wish you knew before becoming a photographer?
Uhm.. I honestly wish I started earlier 😂. I wish I nurtured the gift and passion from an earlier age. I only started when I was a university student. But I also believe everything happens for a reason.
Do you have any renowned photographers that inspire you?
Weirdly, I get inspiration from things that have nothing to do with photography but yes I do have friends that are doing so well that inspire me a lot. These are the likes of
The list is endless! But shout out to all the Zimbabwean creatives representing us!
How has the Covid-19 affected your business?
Part of my job includes covering events and that has been affected a lot by Covid-19. When the lock down restrictions were announced it was difficult to create outside and to find jobs during that period.
Any last words to someone considering photography as a profession?
Start now and start with what you have! I have learnt that most of your insecurities are your power. That thing that makes you feel weird or different is what makes you. That is what sets you apart. Embrace it, the world needs that!
How does Derrick relax after a long day?
I love music, I love listening to music.
You can check some of Derrick’s work on his Instagram account https://instagram.com/derrickmaniecaphotography_?utm_medium=copy_link