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Journalism: Oh what about my hair?

With modernization and Westernization, the traditional African hairstyles seem to be fading into the history books.  As with other parts of the world the styles have names. From what I can remember from somewhere in my childhood these names included plats, weave, mat, shuku all done by hand, and other styles like songaps, tie tie, and puff puff which were done with thick black thread made in China.  I don’t know who invented the idea of tying your hair with industrial strength thread.  The Lord knows how much your head hurt after just getting your hair freshly done (especially with thread), but all the pain would dissipate once you threw on your school uniform, socks and sandals and was looking all cute like candy at school the next day.  If you were lucky, your hair style might last a few good weeks, sparing you from feeling the pain all over again, way before it was fair.

In this day and age weaves of another kind rule the heads of black women and they generally orginate from India, Brazil, Peru, Malaysia and some other destination miles away from the USA, the UK and parts of Africa.  It was interesting to find that all is not lost and somewhere out there in the general population are some girls and women who still embrace these traditional hair styles.  Here are a few I couldn’t help, but capture.  The last one is with an old “mama” with her hair all out in an afro. After seeing the hairstyles and being reminded of how painful they used to feel, her look represents the sigh of relief I used to feel as a kid when my plats, braids, tietie, we let loose.  Enjoy!

Fotograffi: Penetration…!

Penetration.  That was what we focused on for at least 30 minutes.  The conversation was intense, and to be honest some of it flew over my head, but the core of the gist hit me hard.  The great thing about interacting with other artists is inspiration, or sometimes the lack thereof.  Either way you come away with a new perspective.  Now what’s this penetration all about?  Well it’s the deep exploration of a theme.  It’s digging deep down into a topic to create images that evoke emotion and incite questions.  It’s images that shock the mind and stir the soul. Lately I have not seen many nor created any of such images.  So, I am going to spend some time “penetrating” a few topics to take my work a few levels deeper than where it is now. This is great because lately I have been bored with photography and totally uninspired.  I call it photographers block. And for once it’s actually good because it forcing me to change the way I do things and redefine where I focus my attention.  I want to thank Mudi and Lolz for pulling me into the conversation. Evolution is necessary.

All blog posts are better with an image, so here you go.  I caught this little lady selling kola nuts (kola nuts, five-five Naira) at the Osogbo festival.  I couldn’t help shooting when I saw her. Her eyes were so intense.

Travel: Osogbo town

A few weeks ago, I had the priveledge of travelling to Osogbo in Osun State Nigeria to attend the Osun Osogbo festival. On the way, my posse and I stopped at this really old mosque.  The care takers were kind enough to show us around.  I really have to do a better job of keeping track of history when it’s dictated to me verbally. I know they told us how old this mosque was but the date it was built skips my mind. Anyway, just know that it’s really, really old, but very much in use. And after hiking it up a dodgy staircase the view of the dark red roof tops of the houses in town against the deep blue sky were fantastic. More to come!

Journalism: Carnival crowd

For some reason, we’re closing in on the end of October. A couple of friends promptly reminded me that I haven’t updated my blog lately, and only today did I realize that I haven’t posted anything at all this month.  I’ve been so busy shooting and processing images that I forgot the one thing I enjoy the most – sharing!  So I have a few posts coming and I’ll be sharing a few changes in my photographic direction. In the meantime, here is another image from the Osun Osogbo festival I shot in September.  Hmm…again…time flies!

Journalism: The oldest post office in Nigeria?

While out exploring the villages and towns that border Lagos State in Nigeria, a friend and I came across this old post office in Ejirin. After talking to the post master (a.k.a. Baba) he informed us that this was the very first post office established in Nigeria in during the colonial days.  As Nigeria is about to celebrate it’s 50th year of independence on October 1st, I thought it fitting to finally blog a few images from this expedition. Needless to say, I felt like I had taken a step back in time when we came across this place. Capturing these types of images reminds me of why I love what I do.  I’ll be blogging more images from my gallivanting in my upcoming posts.

Not too sure if these mailboxes really work. They didn’t look like they’ve been opened in decades.

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