THE LAGOS FASHION & DESIGN WEEK 2016
On receiving many positive reviews and comments about my backstage photos for the Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2016, I concluded that it’ll be unfair (mostly to myself) not to have a space where I can collectively share all/most of the photos for anyone and everyone to see. I am not much of a blogger, but this January, as with most ‘Januaries’, I decided to try a little harder at things I’m not comfortable with or good at.
So, I’ll get right into this blog post.
This was my first time attending the Lagos Fashion & Design Week, luckily I was given an ‘all access’ pass to fully appreciate the show. My best part was obviously shooting backstage, lurking by the corner and quietly shooting away. There was so much to document, everybody was doing something; interns, models, wardrobe stylists, hair stylists, designers, makeup artists, photographers etc.
Amidst all that drama and chaos, a lot of beauty happened.
My plan before arriving was quite simple, ‘document the magic’. I’ve had experience shooting events from my University days and I absolutely loved it. Mostly because of the option to shoot so many different interesting things at once, and the freedom to do it as it suited me (you can’t put a price tag on creative freedom). Honestly, I love people-watching, having a camera with you at an event just makes the people-watching thing even more official. The coolest part is, everyone is usually too distracted to notice that their pictures are being taken and this is when most of the magic gets documented.
The most fascinating thing about the show has to be the MODELS! THE MODELS looked beautiful, the kind of beauty you can only find if you travel to some place in West Africa and that made me really proud. The team behind the casting did a brilliant job of selecting models with features that are peculiar to this part of the world. It is very important that we celebrate African beauty on platforms like this, (before anyone else does).
These were some of my most interesting faces.
You mix that kind of beauty with some African fashion/juju and boom! more magic starts to happen. It felt like I was Cinderella and my fairy tale godmother went through the hassle of organizing a banging fashion shoot for me and all I had to do was show up with my camera, everything was already set up for me.
Photographing the event was fun but also a bit challenging as I had to select, edit and retouch the photos overnight, this is something I’ll normally never try or agree to do but I am so glad that I did. I learnt a bit more about my working style and limits.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go for all the days, missed out on some brilliant designers and that still hurts but I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the show. I got to hang out with some of my favorite Nigerian photographers and I got to meet some others for the first time. Overall, the experience was a unique one.