Duration: Two years
Current location: Brooklyn, NY
Hometown: Enugu, Nigeria
Education: MA in architecture from Kent State University; self-taught in photography.
Big break: I started shooting as a hobby, then more seriously in the spring of 2012. The first big break was in May of 2013 when Dwell Magazine commissioned me to photograph a house in San Francisco, at the time I only had a handful of personal portraits and projects in my portfolio.
Influences: Light, my surroundings, and the people I encounter. I’m also inspired by cinematography, design, and the work of my contemporaries.
Projects: I recently spent a month traveling between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda working with a non-profit organization to document their work in various communities. The photographs I made during this period, both editorial and personal, are really special to me.
Work environment: On location when I’m shooting, and at home when I’m editing or doing administrative tasks. I don’t shoot in a studio very often. As far as work goes, I thrive off of a relaxed environment, and I’ll spend time getting to know subjects to put them at ease. That said I can also hit the ground running for those times when I only have a few minutes to make something happen.
Techniques: Honestly I have no idea. I know very little about how other photographers work, nor would I want to. I just try to approach every assignment as I would a personal project, and have fun with it.
Aspirations: Well, I already have my dream job, so if I’m able to keep doing exactly this and continue to get better at it, that would be amazing.