Nigerian Photographer Takes Stunning Portraits Of Diverse African People
Perhaps you remember 5-year-old rising star Jare, 'the most beautiful girl in the world'? Well, the photographer behind her hauntingly beautiful portraits has blown up on the internet since then, with her other photography artworks being hailed for their unique aesthetic.
Her name is Bisola Mofeoluwa Bamuyiwa, owner of her own photography company BMB studio in Lagos, Nigeria. With a talent like hers, you would think she had studied studio photography all her life, but in fact, her only degree is in Project Management Technology from Lagos State University. Bamuyiwa said she was self-taught with the help of YouTube and photography mentors. In high-school she bought her first camera, documenting school parties, and became a professional photographer in 2012.
What Bamuyiwa's talent shows is that it takes a lot more than lessons to be an artist, you have to have a creative eye and boy she does. The photographer travels across Nigeria and Africa capturing the faces of the most exquisitely diverse African people you've ever seen. She told Bored Panda she is very selective when choosing her models and picks them based on the theme she wants to create in her beautiful photos: "Most times I look for the weakness and make it strong and inspirational."
While her work traditionally falls under the 'lifestyle, portrait, and wedding" categories, she has found another name for what she is - a beauty photographer. "I realized everyone is beautiful, I haven’t seen anything ugly unless some I have seen I ask God “why” lol. But then I take the ugly and I make the world see the beauty in it," she writes on her website. This perspective is something she hopes is passed on to her viewers, "I want people to see how I envision life in everything I photograph and give someone hope," she said.
As for Bamuyiwa's newfound fame, she told us she has been pleasantly shocked at the positive responses to her portrait photography works: "I am very surprised because I have handled a camera for many years and I never saw this coming too soon to me and I'm eternally grateful and willing to do more and better." We can't wait to see more of what this impressive photographer comes out with, scroll down below to see some of her dazzling portraits, and don't forget to upvote these beautiful people!
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