My love for photography evolved while in school – Grace Ekpu, Days of Dorcas photography competition winner

My love for photography evolved while in school – Grace Ekpu, Days of Dorcas photography competition winner

What does winning the Days of Dorcas photography competition really feel like? Exciting! I feel really blessed and thankful to the facilitators for p

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What does winning the Days of Dorcas photography competition really feel like?
Exciting! I feel really blessed and thankful to the facilitators for pushing us to do our work in a way that we needed.

What was your body of work about?
About a female boxer in Bariga, Lagos which I titled ‘Crunching Above Weight’

What message were you trying to pass across with the female boxer?
Basically, it was about a message of upliftment, not accepting where you are at, at the moment as you strive through life and to basically aim higher in life.

How did your love for photography evolve?
I am a journalist and I studied Mass Communication. But my love for photography grew when I did a photo journalism course and I realized that I love picture stories and love to take pictures of my environment and that is how it all began.

Having emerged winner of the competition, what is the next step, do you plan to take it further like have a studio, do exhibitions?
Well obviously, the plan is to do more work with the knowledge that I have now. I can say for now about full time photography, but having a studio, doing exhibitions, is all part of the plan. I will tell more stories better now and do more work.

How challenging was it putting your body of work together?
I was still shooting a night before the presentation. I did my power point presentation, edited at 2am. It was hectic. I spent two days to put all of it together.