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So I did a little research on why some photographers swear by their cameras not to marry a fellow photographers. Although some of the reasons seemed mundane, it was interesting to know that even some photographers doubt the money-making potentials of the profession. The emphasis of my interviews was geared more towards the female photographers not wanting to marry their male counterparts/colleagues. The following are the 2 major reasons given
1. Boredom: Many photographers feel it will be boring deciding to live your life with someone of the same profession. Imagine a couple going out on a date and all they seem to be able to talk about is the last wedding photography they took or how one composition wasn’t great or how to buy the picture on the restaurant’s menu is overexposed. Or what else would they talk about.
2. Job Security: Most female photographers consider a photographer’s source of income is too unstable to build a marriage on. They prefer someone that is gainfully employed by a reputable organization so as to guaranty that an amount of funds was flowing in monthly.
All these reasons seem genuine but I’m not sure a person’s career choice are determinants of whether they’ll be marriage material. I wonder what must have transpired for the doctors that married themselves or for bankers that marry fellow bankers. One lady photographer even confessed that she wouldn’t mind marrying the Kelechi Amadi-Obi of today but she wouldn’t agree to marry him when he just started his career; reason being Kelechi is perceived to be more successful now that in 2000. She wanted someone that will exude a level of accomplishment and riches. It is well.
Perhaps there might be other reasons why photographers don’t want to marry each other. I wonder what Zack & Jodi’s take on this is. Or what reasons do you (Yes, you…the photographer reading this) have for not wanting to marry a photographer. Don’t worry, you can drop your comments anonymously and no one will sue you for it. Let me know your take on this.
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Knowledge is power and a man without it is definitely powerless. No wonder the GOOD book says “knowledge is the principal thing… with all thy getting, get understanding.” Last week has not only met my cravings; it has empowered me. It made what has long seemed mystical and far away to be demystified and near.
The week started with a lot of enthusiasm and questions on my mind due to a practice shoot I had over the weekend. The enthusiasm got to a peak when, on getting to the office, I was asked to join the participants of the summer boot camp for teenagers. Thanks to my able boss and mentor Mr. Seun Akisanmi, that was the beginning of a resourceful week . In the course of the week, I was introduced to the fundamentals of photography by our different lecturers who taught us in the simplest form of language even toddlers would have understood the technical terms.
The training lasted 6hours (9am – 3pm) daily & was great fun. Learning among teenagers can be very humbling; I felt like a teenager once again. Monday morning class started with the Lead Facilitator of eloPhotos Academy, Mr. Samuel Ijiyokunola assisted by Mr. Afolabi Oloyede of 4labi4tos.com. We were taken through the meaning of photography, history of photography and future of photography. I never knew camera obscura existed before the pinhole camera which I taught was the first type of camera. It was interesting to learn that it had an exposure time of 8hours; I wonder how those guys coped with 8hours of waiting for an exposure!
I also learnt one of the latest achievement in the world of camera: the mirrorless camera. Now I can’t imagine where this thing called photography is heading to. Class ended on Monday with a assignment. Tuesday morning Mr Oloyede Afolabi was right on time to pass some knowledge for the day. Lateness was never condoned by the boss and class kicked off at 9am promptly. Mr Afolabi further took us into the 2 “parts” of photography: the science part and the art & composition part. The science of photography we were told is the use of light while the art and composition is the artistic content of photography. He displayed various photographs pointing out which one is the science category, art and composition category and both.
Mr. Sam took us through types of cameras, image file format and the photography triangle. Classes ended on Tuesday and he announced practicals will start on Wednesday. Now this was getting interesting and I couldn’t wait for Wednesday to come.
Wednesday morning came. We all were ready to handle the camera. Mr Tayo Babalola was the instructor for the day. He took us through the names of each buttons on the camera and their uses. He also explained the various shooting modes on the modes changing button and it was time to shoot! Everyone handled each camera provided for each student with excitement shooting all the “shootables” & practicing in different shooting modes.
On Thursday I was privileged to learn from one of the big fishes in the industry, whose name I have heard at different times: Kikelomo of RED 19 Photography. At first I couldn’t match the tall and high preconceived image I had in my mind with the cute & skinny figure standing in front of me. It was then I quickly realized that greatness has nothing to do with physical size. Kike passionately took us through the mathematics in photography. Mathematics has it way of cutting across almost everything and photography is not left out. She explained the calculations of image resolutions, total pixels in an image, depth of field, exposure and the use of flash light; all these in a simple language any mind could understand.
On Friday, we had quite lots of time to practice some more. Mr Afolabi Oloyede was right on board to, revising and reemphasizing all we had learnt through the week. He practically touched on everything we had been learning through the week. It is important to mention that we were not boringly loaded with knowledge; each day came with lunch for everyone, tasteful delicious jollof rice with biscuit and 5 alive to keep us alive.
Last week was also the first week of enacting the responsibility roster. Everyone faithfully abided by the duties for each day and I was not left out. As the one in charge of water, I discharged my duty fetching water to fill the empty water storage assisted by Mr Owabie.
The week got to the peak for me on Friday evening when we had a meeting. Calling it a business meeting is not an exaggeration as we sat like executive board members deliberating on core business issues. The only difference is the absence of long table and exotic chairs. This really gave me a new orientation that photography is not just a hobby or trade, it is a business, and Elophotos is an organization that took this business seriously.
Looking forward to another great week ahead.
My name is Toye Peters and I’m proud to be a photographer.
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So there seems to be an increase in photowalks nowadays. Photographers are increasingly rising up to create more awareness and need for social change. The first one comes up at Ado-Ekiti on August 28 while another holds in Abuja on August 29, 2013. If you’re a photographer in these cities, don’t miss the opportunity to network with other photographers and be a change agent. Find below more info on both photowalks.
We want to use our love for photography as a tool for social change, we will be visiting ‘Karshi’ community, on 29th of August 2013. Our job is to shoot those happy moments and rewrite the story “people in slum aren’t happy” so we will be capturing those happy moments and we will, also be giving out school materials. And we are hoping to partner with an NGO.
August 29th 2013; 9am- 12pm…
Venue: KARSHI community school, FCT Abuja.
For more info, contact Okeke on 08083685545
Obasola Photography & friends CHARITY PHOTOWALK of d Slum in Ado-Ekiti,with the theme:
‘GIVE A CHILD A BOOK’
It’s all about GIVING,PASSION,IMPACT & PHOTOGRAPHY. Are u a GIVER? Are u PASSIONATE about making IMPACT? Are u a PHOTOGRAPHER? Let’s come together @ Post Office, Ado-Ekiti on August 28th,2013 by 9am. Be part of this first
CHARITY PHOTOWALK of the Slum.
Join the CREW & make IMPACT
Contact: Obasola- 08034965884,
Iyanu-08135629087. BB: 28236DB8