Creating Documentary Work About Human Beings with Gégé
Ivorian photographer, who goes by the pseudonym “Gégé”(@newblackstory), is based in the economic capital, Abidjan. He refers to himself as a living apprentice and shares his portraits, and personal documentary projects online, i.e. People Sleep Everywhere. “I have a background in telecommunications and networks. I started photography very recently let’s say in 2014, and I started with phone photography via the VSCO platform.”
What are your inspirations?
“At the beginning, I practiced by learning via the VSCO platform, but now my inspirations are varied: movies, reading, travel, by learning about the masters of photography and contemporary artists. Also, the desire to create is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for me, I believe.”
What do you want to convey with your photographs?
“Maybe it has changed over time, depending on the flow of inspiration and maturity, but basically, I want to leave documentary work about human beings.”
What is your favorite photo, and the story behind it?
“Mmh. Maybe because I don’t want to choose or that I didn’t think about it, but I consider all my photos as favorite photos because they are the product of my passion for this art, which is photography.”
This is a part of Seven Foto Questions, a series of interviews with photographers answering the same questions about how they each came into their craft.
What do you consider a “good” photo?
“A “good” photo for me is a photo, I would say, that speaks, that tells something. It’s true that there’s a technical side: the composition and all these things, but for me offset these questions of aesthetics. A good photo is a photo that tells a story.”
Can you use one theme to describe your work?
“Just ONE theme to describe my work?? Too restrictive. For now, I would say in one word: HUMAN.”
If there is one thing you want your audience to know about you, what would it be?
“I would say they don’t care about the quality (about pixels) of my photographs, but the best is yet to come.”