Photographing People in Their Natural Element with Babajide
25-year-old Osho Babajide Abass
is a filmmaker and photographer from Ogun State. “I’m the oldest child of my parents accompanied by two younger brothers.” He has spent the majority of his life in Lagos, Nigeria as he grew up in Somolu, an area within the major city, and attended CMS Grammar School in Bariga, a suburb of Lagos. He then went on to study statistics at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. “In my leisure time, I’m mostly playing video games or listening to music.”
When and how did you start taking photos?
“My photography journey started officially 2013, I was in the university, it was basically me trying to find myself cos I was pretty much experimenting.”
What are your inspirations?
“I am inspired by simplicity and novelties that are often overlooked, I love photographing people in their natural environment.”
What do you want to convey with your photographs?
“The unique characteristics of my subject, including their personality, attitude, emotion, and features.”
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 is your favorite photo, and the story behind it?
“My visit to Jamestown Accra, that photo series
has to be my favorite. Visited with my friends, took a walk around the commune, it was a lot of activity happening, fishing, trading, the kids. The scenery was beautiful and real. It was fun documenting.”
What do you consider a “good” photo?
“A good photo has to communicate to the viewer.”
Can you use one theme to describe your work?
If there is one thing you want your audience to know about you, what would it be?
“I’m a very cheerful and optimistic person.”
|© Osho Babajide Abass