“Once you understand the journey, you begin to operate differently as a person and start to question your surroundings, your past beliefs, dreams and yourself. You begin to seek the truth, be vulnerable and honest about yourself and slowly find your true colours” – Eric Asamoah’s own life provides a good amount of inspiration for his work. Born in 1999, he is an outrageously young and outrageously talented Ghanaian photographer living and working in Austria.
“It’s always pleasing to see the person allowing themselves to be their authentic self while capturing them, it’s like they can pause the world and live in it the way they want to for a few seconds” – says Eric about the people in his new series, The Day After Tomorrow – “I appreciated what already had its place. One shouldn’t force change if it’s not necessary. I like the idea of letting life breathe and flourish itself for what it is.”
The Day After Tomorrow is a bold interpretation of change, one of transformation and all the different meanings of entering adulthood. “(The series) is portraying the patience of growing and striving for self as a young man in today’s world. …most of the protagonists are captured in a very eased behaviour – they’re resting, waiting, seeking or visualizing by closing their eyes. As my surroundings and I grow, evolve and get older I often think about the concept of time and what it does to us, how the past is still present today and also will have an influence on tomorrow and the future.”
The idea of bringing continuity and acceptance into one’s life plays a key role in Eric’s creative processes. “This is a beautiful and complex process to appreciate and to enjoy, it will not always be rosy and peachy but at the end of the day you’ll find peace during the process – If not today, if not tomorrow then eventually the day after tomorrow.”
With The Day After Tomorrow book in the works, we asked Eric what he would like people to experience when looking at his images. “In general for art itself from any kind of artist, I would say: surrender. Let your guard down and allow yourself to connect with the art. It’s here to make you feel good and to reflect on our existence”
Photos © Eric Asamoah