Of all the genres of photography there are, street photography is a lot of people’s favorite. In the words of Jesse Marlow:
“Contrived photo shoots and intricately designed set-ups have never interested me, rather it is the uncertainty of street photography that continues to stimulate. The idea that I can leave the house one morning and come home at the end of the day with a photo that will be with me forever constantly drives and excites me”
Interesting, isn’t it?
But as much as we like street photography, we have found it to be very challenging to practice in Nigeria. From the brutality of police, to harassment by area boys, to the hostility of Nigerians towards street photographers – it’s almost impossible to get anything done. We discovered that Nigerians are just afraid of what they don’t understand.
One thing we have also discovered is that, the hostility & harassment almost doesn’t happen when several photographers storm the street at the same time. The trick is that people on the street feel like “celebrities” instead of “endangered species” when they see a multitude of cameras. So they smile. Talk about the strength of numbers.
It is this simple trick that we want to take advantage of.
So, instead of going on the street alone (and risking arrest/harassment), we have decided to form a group of photographers that will storm the street together.
Unlike most photowalks in Nigeria that happens only once in a while, this group of mostly emerging photographers (with occasional professionals) will go on photowalks at least once a fortnight (although the jury is still out on that). The date, time & location of the photowalk is decided by members of the group – when at least 10 of them is available.
Members of the group can use the opportunity to work on personal projects and build their portfolio. Other benefits include sharing of ideas; learning from each other and developing skills; getting help on projects; pulling resources and generally having fun.
It is our hope that by going on the streets all the time, Nigerians will get used to us and therefore tolerate individual street photographers more (although we have no grand plan of changing the world. LOL)
So if like us, you like street photography and would like to join one of our photowalks, please find us in any of the links below. We would also appreciate it if we can find professionals to join and support us. Thank you.
BBM: 26584650. Or download & scan the barcode attached to this message.