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What do you do?
I’m a part-time student and film photographer/curator
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in London and Nigeria
How did you get into photography?
I got into photography from the film City of God. Rockets character really resonated with me and the circumstances of how I got into film are very similar. Plus, the first camera given to him by the journalist press he interned for was the same camera I used to start off my exploration into film photography
How long have you been photographing for?
I’ve been taking and experimenting with stills for 9 years roughly now
What’s the hardest part about being a photographer?
People I would say, in terms of schedules, it's hard to shoot people if they are not on your same time length but everything else seems to be an ease, well for me anyways.
How would you describe the work you produce?
Nostalgic, bright in colours and very grainy. The new films produced these days make images look digital which I’m trying to veer away from, I really like the posters and photographs of works from the 60s-80s.
In your opinion what makes a good photograph?
Composition and lighting make a good photograph, in my opinion
Why do you choose to work with film?
Because you have to have a preconceived notion of what that image is going to look like before and after that shutter clicks. When I put a film in for development, getting them back feels like Christmas or my birthday, till this day that feeling never fades.
Would you ever shoot digitally?
I have previously, but whenever I do shoot digitally, I mimic how film pictures look, so till I start earning big bucks, which I hope I do lol, I’m sticking to film.
Who have been some of your favourite people, brands or companies you’ve worked with?
I worked with polar skateboards and converse in London as well as Boiler room. Being new to Melbourne is making me eye up new potential collaborations to explore. I hope they like my shit.
What challenges do you face being a photographer in Australia?
I’ve only been here for a year so I can’t really say I’ve experienced a lot of challenges, in fact none, I’ve been very lucky and grateful so far.
Are there any individuals you’ve always wanted to photograph?
All my friends, which I’m in the process of doing or I already have, I don’t believe in idolization. If I shoot someone who is “famous” then we are both lucky for the opportunity I guess.
Are there any photographers you look up to?
Dexternavy is literally the only photographer I like and aspire to be.
What is your favourite camera to use whilst shooting?
My nikon f photomatic
Where do you look for inspiration?
I get inspiration from my friends, whom a lot are creatives so its perfect chemisty and synergy.
Are there any locations you’ve always wanted to shoot in?
Tokyo and South East Asia, also Austria, I want to travel the world and document it.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut and a chef
If there was one celebrity you could kill, who would it be?
Favourite song you’re listening to right now?
Sparky – Santi
Any new projects coming up?
I just finished working on my motherland series and now I want to finish a series I started a while ago entitled: because the internet.