Photographs

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The Beginning

I began photographing in mid-2017 when I had just completed secondary school. One afternoon, as I fiddled with my Infinix hot 4 lite phone, I found that within the camera, there was a section labelled “professional camera”. I took a picture with it, but it came out dark. Then, I noticed the sub-options in the camera — the shutter speed, white balance, macro, and exposure modes. I had no idea of what these meant so I googled them each. From there, I delved deeper, learnt more about using a camera. Eventually, I got my first camera from my aunty, a Sony DSC H300. Now I use a Canon 500d, which I got from my dad. It’s old. He’s had it for a long time.

When I started, I craved for the best gear. I spent time looking at the latest cameras and lenses wishing I could have them. It took time to realize that I did not need the best gear to take decent photos. My logic is simple; acquire what I need (value), not what I want and manage them well. When I can expand, I’ll go ahead!

I’ve always wanted to document stories in conceptual ways. The human condition intrigues me. How and why people live and what makes them do the things they do amazes me. In an interview with the Republic Journal, Oluremi C. Onabanjo says that “art—and photography specifically—tells us so much about the world and ourselves. About identity and community, landscape and memory.” Yes, this is true. Photography surpasses merely taking pictures; it runs ahead of the “just clicking a button” trope (direct message to the belittlers of photography). Hannah Ryes Morales says that “photography is a way of listening, not just with your ears, but with your eyes, with your heart, with your entire being.”

Pictures say more, so much more than words. Hence, I implore you to look at these pictures with a second eye. Look at them deeply, see through the photographs, and appreciate the feelings they evoke.