A passionate storyteller, Niyi Okeowo engages the viewer with his candid view of universal emotions. Well-known for his colorful and playful palettes, Niyi Okeowo takes inspiration from his everyday encounters to engage the viewer with his expressions of universal emotions. His ability to integrate his work and personal life enables Niyi to establish a connection with the viewer (Culled from his LinkedIn Profile). Today we get to sit with him and understand art the way he does.
Hi Niyi. Quite nice of you to join us today. Please introduce yourself and give us a quick reminisce about background
Niyi Okeowo: I am Okeowo Adeniyi Mohammed, a multidisciplinary creative passionate about mental health who love creating for a living.
How did you discover your flair for art and photography?
Niyi Okeowo: I’ve always been a lover of the arts, from drawing back in school to taking random images with my mom’s point and shoot fuji camera.
At what age did you learn to use the camera?
Niyi Okeowo: 21
What would you say are the limitations to photography in Nigeria?
Niyi Okeowo: Exchange rate, Traffic, Electricity and fuel issues.
Do you think mastering graphic designing is a prerequisite to be a good Photographer?
Niyi Okeowo: It isn’t but it helps with art direction and creative direction.
What is your creating process like? How do you arrive at your desired output either in photography or graphic designing?
Niyi Okeowo: Research, experiment and create.
Is there any challenge common to people in the photography sector and how can they be solved?
Niyi Okeowo: Image rights, image crediting.
Who would you say has had an influence in your life with respect to photography?
Niyi Okeowo: Obi Somto, Ty Bello, TCD, Hedi Slimane and David Bailey
A boy likes Graphic Designing and Photography but can’t learn both at once. If you’re supposed to sway him towards Photography or Graphic Designing, what would you tell him?
Niyi Okeowo: Pick the one you think is easier to learn and would serve you long term.
What do you think about this platform?
Niyi Okeowo: Its a wonderful one, any platform that promotes creativity is always a good one.
Give a shout out to someone you think we should interview also
Niyi Okeowo: BOBBY TRAUMA
Any advice for creatives in general?
Niyi Okeowo: Not really an advice, more of a mantra. Do more of what makes you happy, life is short.
A self taught portrait, fashion and fine art photographer, Obinna Obioma is based in Abuja, Nigeria although shuttling between West Africa and the United Kingdom. Over the years, His work has metamorphosed from simple portraiture to having its defined style, theme, motives and direction making Blueink.ng dub him as one of the fast rising young Nigerian photographers. His work is centred around individuality, identity which is mostly portrayed best with his love for the female body and feminine aesthetics elements while still celebrating his strong African heritage which has been fused with western culture. Mr Obinna as he is mostly referred to has worked with major brands and clients both in Nigeria and abroad. His most recent project; titled the Noir Project is about individuality showcased in the elegant but simple black and white medium while being lit with just natural light. It’s an open ended project that he hopes to use to cut across creeds, nationalities and locations; also hopes to exhibit it someday, in his words “perhaps when I hit 1000 people”. “Noir for me is about showcasing persons. It’s about bringing to life images that speak a million words even though being in black and white. Aesthetics for Noir are not the usual norm (any gender can be a part of it) as I hope to deliver images that make you feel like you know the subject while wondering who they are” – (Obioma 2016) His work can be viewed at https://www.instagram.com/mrobinnaobioma/
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Simisola Babalola is a 16 year old visual Storyteller & conceptual self taught photographer. She known on social media as “Simzsco” which is her brand name. She has also been taking pictures for about three years now.. Simisola is a creatively deep young lady who expresses her strength through photography.
The word “Proficient” means good at doing something or skilled and experienced in the sense of the photographs.
It portrays the lives of people (sellers) at oluwo chief market popular known as the epe fish market located on the north side of the lekki lagoon, Lagos Nigeria.
The term “proficient” expresses the power given to men and women at the market, it also shows how well skilled and hardworking they are towards their occupation.
During my brief documentary with random sellers at the market, I felt so inspired by the way these people believe so much in their passion and struggle, I found it sincerely empowering and beautiful. Clive Barker once said “any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep” there and then I truly understood all what his evocative words meant.
A Forsaken Transcendence
“A Forsaken Transcendence” is a documented body of work shot
at Ebute Metta, Lagos Nigeria.
Ebute Metta is a neighborhood of Lagos mainland.
The title “A Forsaken Transcendence” visually means Abandoned beyond the range of normal or physical human experience”
The series of photographs were taken at a “forgotten” railway station.
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