My mother encouraged me to learn photography – Favour Ogundimu

My mother encouraged me to learn photography – Favour Ogundimu

A runner up in the just concluded Days of Dorcas photography completion, Favour Ogundimu opens up to Nkarenyi Ukonu on how she plans to nurture her pa

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A runner up in the just concluded Days of Dorcas photography completion, Favour Ogundimu opens up to Nkarenyi Ukonu on how she plans to nurture her passion.

How do you feel being named a runner up in the Days of Dorcas photography competition?
I feel great, awesome and actually very surprised I was named a runner up. It is a roller coaster emotion for me.

What was your work all about?
It was a story about death and how a lot of us are not conscious of the fact that we are all going to die one day. I have actually been very curious about death because people don’t really like to talk about it and are more interested in living and knowing about situations around the world. But through my presentation, I wanted people to be aware that in whatever they do, whatever they do on earth, do it for yourself, make yourself happy. Think about no one else but yourself. Because at the end of the day, when you die, all that will be left will be just memories and the world around you will continue.

What were some of the challenges you faced while putting your project together?
I was actually very con fused because I had too many things in my head but when someone like Jumoke Sanwo saw my body of work, she actually made me understand that almost everything is about death. But they wondered at my choice of work and I made them understand that I wanted to own my truth. I mean if this is what I want to do, I might as well go the whole hog which is what I did. I created a body of work around what I liked talking about, thinking about. So it wasn’t really challenging. I am however thankful to my friends (Dayo Ogunmuyiwa and Timilehin Falade) who made it easier for me in actually helped in bringing my thoughts to life. They were willing to pose in different ways regardless of what people thought.

When and how did you become interested in photography?
I got into photography because of my mother. She noticed I was interested in a lot of alternate pictures and so she encouraged me to learn more about it. Initially, it started out as art that I could curate and use as my wall paper on social media. I later realized that I am passionate about quite a number of things and just decided to use art to start a conversation and tackle these issues.

You are still a student, studying Food Science and Technology, how do you manage both aspects of your life that are on opposite sides?
There is no conflict of interest.

Do you plan to take up photography as a full time profession after school?
Right now I am not sure because I have other interests. I still have a lot that I want to do for the country as an individual in my own little way. I want to do something that will provide me with the finances that will feed my art. I am still stuck in the middle pending when I sort out what I plan to do in future.

So how does Favour Ogundimu plan to nurture her interest?
I am not planning on having a photography studio, I just want to create arts and sharing it to inspire people.