Artist Spotlight: Kenny Kenny Photography
My name is Kehinde Kehinde formally known as Kenny Kenny
Tell us a bit about yourself/background
I am a photographer/ content creator; I didn't just decide to be a photographer. I've been exposed to a camera ever since I was 10 thanks to my father. My father always believed in having us knowledgeable in a lot of things and photography was on of them. Although I was introduced to photography at a very young age I wouldn’t become a photographer till over a decade later; I went the video route and thanks to my dad I became the videographer for my church at the age of 14, starting out I didn't edit, eventually my dad had me edit from time to time. I would take pictures every once in a while but never accepted the role of photographer; I was all about videos. I was a videographer for almost a decade and then I decide to switch from a camcorder to a DSLR; that switch was what it took and it took a while but I decided to stop doing videos and start taking pictures.
When did you start doing this (art/music/production/design etc.)?
Unofficially I don’t even remember when I started, but officially I started April of 2016
How was the reaction/feedback from those around you (family/friends)?
The biggest reaction I got when I started photography was about time, took you long enough. My family and friends have always been supportive; they encouraged me and pushed me to keep working. One particular friend, a fellow photographer was always there when I had questions in the beginning. I would call him, text him every time when I didn’t know what I was going or how to set the camera. After a while I just started bringing him to every shoot I did so he’ll answer the questions in person.
What inspires your art?
My family, my team, my friends and the world around me, and my culture are what inspires my art. The world is a beautiful place with beautiful diverse people, once my photography eye is opened; it's easy to be inspired by anything.
What is your favorite piece and why?
My favorite pieces are from my I WEAR MY HERITAGE PROJECT. The first piece is of Baba, I had visualized a concept with a red lantern that I had on top of my fridge for months, however whenever I try to do a shoot with it, something always comes up and I never get to do the shoot. The week the picture was taken, I tried four days in a row to get it done but it never worked out. I decided on the fifth day in a row that if I don’t take this picture then I know that this concept was not meant to be. The picture was taken that day and I’ve been in love with it since then. That picture was the first time I went viral as a photographer, it was new experience for me. My second favorite was one I took with Adeos wrapped in Kente, I rarely get a chance to do photo shoots with Adeos anymore ever since he decided to step behind the camera, but I am glad we got a chance to take this picture.
Who would you like to work with /who inspires you/ which artist do you admire?
Documentary Photography or Photojournalist has always been something that I’ve always been passionate about and it stems from my love of history. Some of the photographers in this field have passed but their work still lives on. One of these Artists is Dorothea Lange, her work during the depression was remarkable. She captured the essence and the effects of the depression through her lens. Almost 90 years later historians and photographers are still admiring her work.
I want to be a documentary photographer, I want to travel the world and capture the different cultures that we have on this earth.
What advice do you have for anybody out there who wants to be an artist like you?
Don't give up when you fail, or if the picture doesn't come out looking out how you wanted. It helps to have friends who are already photographers so you can hit them up if you have any questions. If you don't have some then make new friends. Another thing that helped me out was partnering with up and coming models. Both of us were starting out in a new field, they needed pictures and I needed people to shoot. Having people that you constantly work with helps you see your growth. Furthermore the models I worked with helped with my confidence, it didn't matter if the picture was good or bad; they still posted it and promoted my work. That goes a long way for photographers.
Kenny Kenny Photography