Agaie is a very small town half way from the Capital of Nigeria and the town of Bida. I’ve been to Bida 2 or 3 times before – trust me when I tell you the road is the bumpiest road I’ve ever been on. The pot holes on the road are 12 ft wide.
The trip wasn’t a work one, but I knew that we’d find lots of opportunities for images. The town is known for it’s woodcutters who use traditional skills to create amazing pieces out of tree trunks.
If you follow me on twitter you may have already seen two or three images from the day, but I held back on the one below. I definitely knew what I wanted from the image. I’ve been reading a bit this week about travel photographers and how they often struggle with reluctant passers by. I have to say I’ve never had this problem. This young man practically begged me to take his picture.
Maybe it’s just Nigerian’s who love having their image taken?
Don McCullin (legendary photographer of global conflict) spoke about this topic recently at a UK seminar and he made the point that when he approaches someone he doesn’t know ; instead of asking whether “he might take their picture?” he asks “if he can capture their portrait?”
I’m not sure if this would work for everyone but I can see the sense in the slightly altered approach.
I’ve a very busy 2-3 weeks ahead with some First Holy Communion portraiture, an exciting UK wedding and then back across the water for a local school’s annual portraiture.
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I thought I’d leave you with this portrait from Agaie, the young man makes carved tables and then has them sent to Lagos for sale. So very intricate and I’d have bought one had it not been for the weight and the bumpy road home. : )
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All the best : )
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