I’m of the opinion that social development stories should be told more often, that the world gets to see more diverse cultures, and indigenous heritages, ancient history and landmarks. I think these stories are not told enough which is why I’m so in love with documentary photography! The ability to capture moments and create beautiful stories out of them, the creative power to document forgotten histories and places gives me the vibe!
Speaking of documentary photography, I’ve met some amazing photographers who engage in this art, and I’m more drawn to women who do this. Please don’t call me a sexist! 🙄
I met her during my hustle days as an Usher in Lagos. Trust me, those days were nights of jumping buses at about 10:00 – 11:00pm (WAT) because you’re waiting to collect your pay after an eventful day with your 6-inches not particularly giving you any mercy! Oma is a beautiful Lagos Yellow Sisi with a warm smile and friendly aroma that captures everyone around her. Once I got to know she had a passion for Documentary Photography it sparked my curiosity and I wanted to know. We had a chit chat and this is what emerged.
Why Documentary photography?
“Well, I’ve always been passionate about the art and photography. It’s always been my “first love” and at the same time I have a passion for humanitarian work, so I had to look for a way to infuse the two together thereby telling untold stories. It’s something I really love passionately.”
How long have you been on it?
I’ve been doing photography since 2016 but Documentary since 2017.
What has your experience been so far?
It’s been quite challenging but the passion and love has been my drive.
Any WOW moments for you?
Every time a client sees the final images and compliments and loves my work. That satisfaction is always a “wow moment” for me and also, when I first went on my first field trip, it opened my eyes to all the amazing possibilities and ways I can show the world that there’s a lot to be done one community at a time.
Do you feel humanitarian stories are rarely told in Nigeria?
They are told but not as much as they need to be told, there are issues arising everyday that haven’t been seen or heard about but it’s a slowly rising industry.
Indeed it is, we do hope more stories are told more often. Thank you so much for your time.
Oma does an amazing job with HADASSAH O. You can reach her on Instagram