Hi friends, again it’s been a while I have been here. I have been busy doing personal projects and paid assignment which is really taking my time at the moment. I am currently part of The Nlele Institute workshop which kicks off 5th March at the Goethe Institut in Onikan, Lagos. I was shortlisted as part of the few members to participate in the month long workshop.
The Nlele Institute – AFRICAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY (TNI.ACP) serves as an enclave for artistic development, learning, creativity and new knowledge development.
As an art developmental platform, we will initiate a rigorous workable structure that will motivate participants in our programs and projects to deviate from familiar artistic terrains and discover new insights. With this structure in place and in operation, our participants will have a direction to build their future and prepare for a successful art career in photography, video art and other lens/time based media. Our emphasis is on creativity, knowledge development and excellence. TNI.ACP will provide a conducive atmosphere for experimentation, research, learning and the necessary resources to help our artists achieve success.
The Course title, “STORY” aims to explore photo essay as a technique in photography and also as a very simple collection of images that are placed in a specific order to tell the progression of events, emotions and concepts.
Photo essay technique is frequently used by world class photographers and photojournalists such as George Osodi, James Nachtway, Andrew Esiebo and Adolphus Opara.
In a theatrical world of stories, we often think we have seen it all. Saturated and wearied by local and foreign news agencies reports on daily global events, our perspective of the world tends to be narrow and fearful. This in turn has created a world of stereotypes and clichés because it is easier to understand the world through a simple lens. Photo essay, however, takes the same story telling techniques as normal essay translated into visual images. The workshop participants will work both collectively (in separate groups) and individually on their own projects, exploring a range of photo essay techniques. Each participant will choose a topic or story (from their community and from any genre) and develop a body of work. They will be guided by a cohort of faculty during the workshop who will give lectures on how to use photo essay as a brilliant way to bring images, which touch on vital societal issues, to life.
I am absolutely optimistic and happy about this. I hope to meet new friends in the field and learn from them as well. It’s gonna be a lot of learning this time around. I also hope to update you more as the days goes by.
Do have a lovely month ahead.