After many years as a diver, Robin Sprong’s foray into photography was inspired by the visual bounty of the Cape’s landscapes (both above and under the water). From there he ventured into lomography, which prompted him to open photographic concept store, Exposure Gallery, at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock for young photographers to show their work and as a space to experiment with printing. But it was in the act of trial-and-error – for Robin with large print formats – which lead to the evolution and success of his wallpaper décor company, Robin Sprong Wallpapers.
As an avid supporter of homegrown talent, Robin’s passion for design extends to many disciplines. ‘Porky Hefer is just so off-beat and is always trying unique concepts. Atang Tshikare is another one because he’s not scared to collaborate and push the boundaries. On the art scene I’m crazy about the paintings of Mathew Hindley, Pete Eastman, Conrad Botes (his work could translate beautifully onto wallpaper), Lionel Smit, Kurt Pio and many more. In the realm of photography, Dylan Culhane is a genius; his work pushes towards fine art and Haldane Martin’s repertoire has been a great inspiration for many years. I can honestly go on all day!’
Robin is constantly inspired by his staff, the artists he represents – many of whom he knows personally – and his high-tech equipment. ‘We have acquired some of the best artist associations that we could have wished for and through our combined efforts we’ve created an entirely different niche in the print industry,’ he says.
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