Buckland is an independent photographer who does commercial,
editorial commissioned, and her own personal work.
In her personal work she is interested in
the private histories of seemingly ordinary people - how we
interact with friends, lovers, families and strangers; and
our need for connectedness and a sense of belonging. She engages
intuitively with her subject, seeking an emotional veracity,
rather than an objective truth.
While completing an MA in Britain, Buckland
was introduced to the images of British Photographer Martin
Parr who captures both the comic and tragic sides of society.
Her personal work, in turn, is fast, and intuitive – a
question of seeing the image and acting in the moment. This
approach has produced some of her most memorable single images
such as the geometrically refined Beach
and Pier, Wales, UK (1989) and evocative Kruger's
Day, Brand Rd (1994).
In her personal work she rejects rules, and
challenges herself with self-imposed constraints, such as the
four frames she gave herself for The
Sleep Series and the one minute and single frame
she allowed herself for each bed in Block
A Jacobs Hostel which is made up of 561 images.
Over the years, her focus has shifted. In
her earlier work she observed, responded and commented on the
outer world; but the realities of being a mother has turned
her gaze inwards.
Being an artist doesn’t, however, prevent
her from moving easily between deeply personal work and commercial
When working with clients, she tailors her
photography to suit their visual requirements and works in
a different, carefully calculated way.
Angela Buckland has participated in numerous
group exhibitions and her photographs are held in public and
private collections locally and internationally. She is the
recipient of awards including the Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship
and the DaimlerChrysler for South African Creative Photography.
She currently works and lives in Durban, South
Africa, with her husband and two small children.