Kanga Meets Logo Oluwamuyiwa Adeyemi
Every picture tells a story and more so if the picture is in black & white. Logo Oluwamuyiwa caught Kangas attention due to his black & white image aesthetic. With the city of Lagos Nigeria as one of his main backdrops, he is able to capture moments in superlative ways. His images tell amazing stories and we simply had to find out what moves him to create such art in form of photographs. Get to know the brains behind the monochrome Lagos project and much more.
kanga Magazine - So right now, you are a part of the Monochrome Lagos Project as an art director. What exactly is the Monochrome Lagos Project?
Logo Oluwuyiwa - Monochrome Lagos is a visual digital archive showing the idiosyncrasies and aesthetics of Africa’s most vibrant city from perspectives of Black and White photography and Literature.
I set out to Photograph Lagos, seeking what I often refer to as the 'mystic of the city', the theatrical arrangement of almost everything, the architecture, the poetic juxtapositions of its residents and how they relate with the city and vice versa –Most importantly seeking the beauty in her [Lagos] forms, lines, patterns, texture by stripping the city of one of the most obvious feature “Color“.
The project is largely showcased via virtual platforms (Tumblr & Instagram) to serve as an archival reference to the city due to the volume of photos. The ultimate objective of the project is to hone a paradigm shift in how the city is perceived and appreciated by a global audience and especially the residents by encouraging a conscious observation of their surroundings in a city where everything is constantly in a rush.
KM - We notice you are into poetry. Is it a thing for you to pair your photography with a poem, relating to the image? What is the story behind that?
LO - Yes, I am a big fan of poetry and it is a major element in my photography – There is a strong relationship between words and images. Photographs provoke or inspire words and vice versa. I like to explore that relationship by using the caption option as some type of sketch book to scribble thoughts inspired directly or indirectly by the photograph. I am also curious of what the photographs mean to an audience asides me, which was what informed the idea behind the digital photo book collaboration whereby people send in writings of all kinds in response to the images from the Monochrome Lagos project. The Ebook will be available for download by late July.
KM - You recently partnered with abstract artist, Richard Ketley, for the exhibition "Call/Response," which pairs your photography with Ketley'sabstract paintings. We understand it is an artistic response to the call of 'chaotic and mystic Lagos.' Briefly take us through the creative process, and were you able to fully bring your visions to life through the art?
LO - I enjoy a mentor and mentee type relationship with Richard Ketley whom like me is a big fan of Lagos as a muse and canvass and we often talk about our response as creatives to the city. We abstract from this world in very different ways. My search for form, balance and interest in texture is, in many ways, similar to Richard’s one of reductive abstraction, to reduce an image it to its core elements so that the work became about the painting itself and not about the original image. So we conceptualized this collaboration in order to explore both that technical interest and our fascination with the divergences of Lagos.
Contemporary painting is often presented without context and can alienate as a result. So we wanted to make the creative process visual, by depicting a specific place, the changing way people understand that place and an artistic response to it. This, we feel, will make abstract painting more accessible to art lovers in both Nigeria and South Africa.
KM - Have you always lived in Lagos? How does it feel as a photographer, working in this fun and vibrant city? Is Lagos your muse?
LO - No, I was born in Lagos but my parents moved out when I was very young, I relocated in 2013.
Lagos is the Muse, Lagos is the Canvas.
KM - What are some of the measures you take to be able to have your work spread to not only Nigeria, but to reach and speak to people from different parts of the world?
LO - The Internet is the key tool – I post a lot of photographs on Social media and a lot of word of mouth I guess. I am also a big fan of collaboration – I seek out ways to work with other people, the results are usually interesting and worthwhile!
KM - Kanga had the opportunity to view your exhibition at Alara, "Down The Rabbit Hole." Can you tell us the inspiration behind that?
LO - 'Down The Rabbit Hole' is a series of conceptual photographs inspired by the idea of creating an alternative reality like how authors create characters or in movies or even in science. I tried to recreate what my emotions and experiences are like as I go about my career as a photographer which is both a job and some type of escape. Some of the photographs were manipulated to tell subtle or obvious stories like the character from the popular book 'Alice in Wonderland.' The camera being the Rabbit hole through which I run around – through the world, finding stuff. Photographing them.
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