We live in a digital world that only seems to be becoming more digital with each day that passes. Throughout my lifetime I have seen people trade in CDs for online music streams, VHS for blue ray and $3 disposable cameras for camera phones. As a society we feel the need to be faster, and the thirst for instant gratification seems unquenchable.
A young Nigerian photographer by the name of Oludarè finds beauty in the slower less instantaneous process of photography. He shoots film.
Although Oludarè got his first camera in November 2013, the young artist began to really hone in on his craft in April 2014, just about a year ago. The reason for his delayed passion for the craft was because he felt like something was missing with his digital camera work. His pictures just did not feel right; he wanted a full frame that would give him the ability to see more of the image he was trying to capture. Then in March 2014 he got a camera that allowed him to do just that. It was a film camera, and he immediately fell in love.
He has been working diligently and building a buzz around his artistry ever since. When asked why he enjoys shooting film he said that it allows you to really feel and trust in your artistry.
“When you take photos on a digital camera, people are so quick to look at the screen and critique, try over and over again to make one photo perfect, you can’t do that with film, you take a photo and you trust that it comes out good and the way you intended”
“I enjoy the process, going back to the dark room, developing and looking at the work I created”
Seems like everyone buys a camera and claims to be a photographer these days, what would you say if I said anyone can be a photographer?
Anyone can be a photographer, but it’s about how you approach it. I genuinely wanted to know everything. As a history major I walked into the photography department and said I want to be the best at this. And although I am now teaching in that department only a year later I feel like I am still always learning. The difference between me and other photographers is that this isn’t really art for me, it’s really a means to attain true vision. And by true vision I mean, being able to view someone who I would previously have wrote off as a drunk, but instead share an intimate moment with him in his drunkenness and extract wisdom from that.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I do not care to be a celebrity photographer or to be shooting for high profile magazines. I just want to bring this joy and outlet to others that look like me in the U.S. and abroad in Nigeria. Recently a boy in my neighborhood that I shot for prom said he bought a camera because of me. That is success to me. I want to do that on a larger scale and I am working on that now.
To view more of Oludarè’s work