In our artists spotlight today we have Filipa Domingues, an award winning film producer and still photographer. Her exceptional photographic work has been featured on the covers of numerous magazines including a spread in National Geographic. We had the wonderful privilege of working with her recently on her “Check My Plants” solo exhibition in Cape Town.

‘Check My Plants’ is a visual feast of rare and unusual plants Filipa shares with the world in her signature photographic style.

Filipa photographs rare and unusual plants, specifically indigenous South African succulents against a black background, using natural light only. This can be quite a challenge, as she has to wait for the perfect light, which only occurs on some days. It’s worth the wait though, as the combination of her passion for photography and our passion for printing excellence, resulted in her first solo exhibition. 

To share her printed work with the world, she hand selected Hahnemeuhle photo rag for its exceptional artistic qualities. This paper has a wonderfully soft velvet feel, and high colour gamut lending itself well to this striking project. As this paper is acid and lignin free it is the perfect choice for exhibition quality work that needs to stand the test of time. The matt black inks of the Epson P9000 were particularly important due to the black background found in most of her work.

Ahead of her first solo exhibition in September 2019, Filipa has exclusively curated 4 limited-release ‘CheckMyPlants’ Smeg retro fridges as the ultimate collectors’ items. These bespoke pieces feature her visually spectacular stills of iconic South African plants with Smeg’s black retro fridge as the canvas to perfectly emulate her signature style photography.

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Not only is Philipa a highly regarded photographer, but also a founding producer at Fly on the Wall, an award winning production company which has produced three feature documentaries and work for International brands; MTV Europe, National Geographic and Discovery Channel amongst others. Here are some of the creative adventures Filipa has undertaken: 

2018 : Part of the all Woman group Installation ‘A Taste of Memories’ with world renowned illustrator Ree Treweek and visual projection artist Inka Kendzia
2018 : Featured in the Condé Nast House & Garden as 1of 7 Top Creatives to follow
2018 : Featured on the design segment of The Expresso Morning Show, SABC
2018 : Featured in memeburn, where instagram accounts are showcased from which to learn more about South Africa
2019 : Featured on Jane Perrone’s podcast on how to take great photos of plants
2019 : Featured in go! Platteland for photographing rare South African succulents
2019 : Featured in Visi Magazine, showcasing collaboration with Smeg South Africa
2019: Featured in Between 10 and 5 on how to crowdfund your own exhibition

Feature Documentaries:

The African Cypher, 2012 : “I dance like a have a gun to my head’

Winner: Best South African Documentary – Durban International Film Festival
Winner: Audience Award Best South African Film – Encounters International Documentary Festival

African Academy Award Nominee (Best African documentary)

Fokofpolisiekar, 2009 : Forgive them for they know not what they do.

Winner: Audience Award Best South African Film – Encounters International Documentary Festival (Fly on the Wall are the only filmmakers to have won this prestigious prize with both their first two films).

2004-present : Co-Founded Fly on the Wall Films
2002-2004 : Camera Dept. on a number of major Hollywood feature films
2000-2002 : Cinematography graduate at CityVarsity Multimedia School, Cape Town
2000-2002 : Part of the Sub_Urban collective which won the Design Indaba International Design conference Grand Prix Award


Filipa is a dynamic and passionate creative, bringing beautiful and meaningful ideas to life. We wish her every success in her future projects.