What is your name?
Tell us a bit about yourself/background
I'm a 21-year-old Nigerian photographer/ videographer. Born and Raised on Long Island. I was born in Hempstead and grew up in Elmont NY. I’m currently in my fourth and final year of college.
When did you start doing this (art/music/production/design etc.)?
I started graphic design at the age of 13 and Photography and Videography about two years ago
How was the reaction/feedback from those around you (family/friends)?
My family have all been supportive of my art in fact my father was the person who gave me the idea to start my graphic design business as a young teen. When I transitioned to photo and video my family members continued to promote and encourage me.
What inspires your art?
The people and culture around me are the biggest influence on my art. As a Nigerian who grew up around many other Nigerians and West Africans in general, my people influence my art. I love vibrant, bright colors so most of my shots are very vibrant.
What is your favorite piece and why?
This is an extremely tough question but if I were to choose one I’ll say my photoset with Sira (@inkmyafrica) and Designer (@mimmy.yeboah). These were the first set of recent shots with the brown background that everyone loves and asks for now. The way I edited the shots to have the skin blend well with the background as well mixed with the African outfits make those shots stand out as my favorites. Mimmy and Sira were also amazing artists to work with.
Who would you like to work with /who inspires you/ which artist do you admire?
Two of my favorite photographers are both in Nigeria, which is pretty annoying because I can never sign up for their workshops. However they are Kelechi Amadi Obi and Henry Oji of BigH Studios. These are extremely talented photographers that I’d love to work with one day.
The goal is just to keep working hard, growing and expanding. I want to work with the best in the business and I believe hard work and prayer will take me there.
What advice do you have for anybody out there who wants to be an artist like you?
My advice is to work extremely hard and to never lose focus of why you started in the first place. Never look to the right or left at what accomplishments others have as sources of discouragement but as sources of encouragement. Strive to put your best into every project you encounter. Furthermore, learn something new and apply it each and every project you do and you’ll surely improve. Lastly, use the Internet as your teacher, I never went to school for photography, YouTube photography channels have been my best friend since I’ve started and it can help you out too!
Facebook: David Famuyide