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Michael Esigbone Q&A

Michael Esigbonen talks photography with TheBlkGaze.

The Black gaze is a reminder that even though there isn’t so much recognition of Black photographers out there, there’s still appreciation of work done Black photographers. It matters because it shows people are watching, people love what you do , that gives you drive, that wants to keep you going.

How does this relate to your photography practice?

I want to keep creating.

What do you want to say or address with your photography?

When people see my photographs, sometimes it’s a question of “What I was thinking of when I took that?”, perspective is totally different, and my art is one of perspective.

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What influences and inspires you? How is this reflected in your work?

Inspiration comes from different places, sometimes it’s music, sometimes it just comes out of nowhere, and I’m grateful for that. My work is original, a piece at a time.

Who are your favourite Black photographers from the past? Why?

Lorna Simpson for her originality. Gordon Parks for doing it without holding himself back.

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Please describe the highs and lows of your experience as a Black photographer?

There are a lot of wonderful Black photographers out there, that the world should see, but recognition is low. I hope for the ones who work hard they get their flowers when they’re alive. We are rich in culture and that’s probably like an underlying form of inspiration, it makes me create original photos and that’s really great.

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What work are you producing and what more would you like to do?

Some personal projects. I would really love to do a documentary series on female artists in Nigeria in the coming years.

About Michael Esigbone

Lagos-based Michael Esigbone is a conceptual photographer specialising in portraiture, fashion and art.

You can find more of Michael’s work on his website, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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