Jabu Nkosi: The man behind that iconic #FillUpFNBStadium picture


Jabu shares his experience about being a photographer and him being a part of history at Cassper’s #FillUpFNBStadium concert.

The photo of Cassper Nyovest standing on stage with his arms stretched out to the audience at his #FillUpFNBStadium concert will most certainly go down as one of the most iconic pictures in South African music history and it’s all thanks to a photographer by the name of Jabu Nkosi.

Since the image went viral, Jabu has found himself receiving credit from all over.

ZAlebs caught up with the photographer and here’s what he had to say about that specific photo and his experience at the concert.

“I had 2 favourite moments. The first was when Cassper jumped from the top of the stage to the ground. The second was the  iconic image I managed to snap as he put his hands up to the crowd.”

Cassper Nyovest fill up
Image Credit: Jabu Nkosi

Jabu also shed light on how he feels about this particular image going viral on social media. Although he appreciates his work getting shared across the country and even the world it has come with a few positives and negatives.

“It has both positives and negatives. Positive because it’s so amazing to see your work reach and touch so many people around the world. Negative because some people don’t even care to credit when they repost the picture. I don’t mind if you don’t credit me if you’re paying me, but if you’re not paying me then you definitely should credit me.” Said Jabu.

We asked Jabu how people can make his job easier when it comes to sharing his photos and here’s what he had to say:

“The easiest thing would be to watermark your images but it also comes with its problems. I personally don’t like it and  people can sometimes just edit your watermark out.”

Jabu has been a photographer for the past 6 years and told us that his greatest work definitely has to be the recent image he took of Cassper at #FillUpFNBStadium.

For those of you who want to pursue photography as a profession Jabu has shared the 5 most important elements that you would need to take into consideration if you want to be a professional photographer.

“It’s actually a really tough thing to do it professionally because you really have to be an all rounded person. You have to be your own manager, PA, marketing person, Accountant etc. But the most important things are:

1. Don’t stop shooting.

2. Shoot anything and everything you can

3. Find your niche. Choose what kind of photography you want to do

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4. Join or create some sort of platform where people can see your work

5. You need to have a lot of discipline and push yourself every day!

We’re sure you’d like to know if being a photographer is a great paying job and how you can improve on the craft should you decide to pursue it as a career. Here’s what Jabu had to say:

“Well just like any other art form, once you’ve perfected your craft you can make millions! I think I’ve improved my craft by practicing all the time, trying new things and by using the internet and learning from it. There’s endless information online about everything! You have to learn to improve so never stop learning!”

And as photographer, Jabu has credited Instagram as a great platform for photographers as well.

“I personally think Instagram is great. It has given a lot of people a channel to showcase their work instead of paying thousands of rands trying to create websites. I’ve seen so many people collaborate with major brands all because of how they have learned how to use the platform.”  Said Jabu

You can Jabu’s work on Instagram @jabukiing.

Main Image Credit: Instagram/@jabukiing/@xaviersaer

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