Tell us about your favorite lights in Ghana!
My favorite time to shoot is in the afternoon, when I can get access to that bright, harsh light. I believe it compliments the contrast of my work since most of my images portray bold, dark colors. Although I’m not too keen to really like to let the idea dictate everything.
What sort of role does post production play in your photography?
I believe that an image already has what it has to have in the moment when you take it. Although I do minor touch-ups, correct lights and colors, I wouldn’t try to change a picture in post production.
Looking back in retrospect, when you first grabbed a camera, how would you describe your early influences?
Honestly, my early influences were not photographers, but mostly writers and poets instead. I’m really driven by written words. I get ideas from conversations, I read poems and that is something that has always made my mind wander a lot. When I first read Bukowski and Dostoevsky, I immediately felt like they’ve created a reality that I could believe in. They make you realize that you can also write, you too can be an artist.
When you are younger and don’t know much about art, masterfully crafted poetry can be very encouraging and discouraging at the same time. I will never be able to write like Shakespeare, but Bukowski, he writes in basic English, he makes it look good, sound good, sound right. I quickly got addicted to Bukowski because he made me feel I am an artist, too. Like I could do it my own way and be good at it. He made me feel welcomed to the art world.