Photography Feature: ‘Snap it Oga’.
Lagos is not an easy city to photograph. Living in Lagos itself is not an easy thing to do. But the city is always alive, teeming with life and bustling to the brim with electricity (in the figurative sense) as feet, hands, bodies and hearts go about their daily hustle in a city that resembles nowhere else on this earth.
Lagos, Lasgidi, Eko, City of Excellence, or whatever name you use to refer to one of Africa’s leading cities, is a place that gives life to a photographer’s lens. But we all know that same old drill of having to see images in foreign media sensationalize an almost sadistic relationship they have in highlighting the negative aspects of African environments and showcasing our sufferings.
As a self-described “photography enthusiast” from India currently residing in Lagos, based on images found through a simple Google search, Devesh did not know what exactly to expect when moving to the city. He just knew it didn’t look enthralling in any sense of the word. Now, however, after being in Lagos for several months he has become a keen photographer of his new temporary home. From motorcyle taxis to market women, art works to artisans, he chronicles his image-taking adventures in a blog titled ‘Snap it, Oga!' that shows a Lagos that is more than familiar to anyone native Lagosian.
Here’s what he had to say about his photographic journey in Lagos, thus far:
I came here seven months back and before coming here I Googled about Lagos and Nigeria. I am afraid, I didn’t find a lot of positive stories and pictures in search results that time.
Once I reached here and started to move around Lagos, I realized there are lot of positives here which everyone conveniently ignores.
There is art here almost everywhere…on Danfos, on streets, on shop signboards, on school walls and so on.
The Nigerian love for food, football and music is just infectious. I thought it would be great to capture all of this and showcase it online.
I decided to start a blog for my Nigerian pictures to showcase that this country is so much more than the negative P.R. it gets The first few people I photographed in Lagos would say “Snap it, Oga” when I was looking at them through my camera’s viewfinder. The name stayed on and I named my blog ‘Snap It Oga’!
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