Still on our exploration of the Nigerian photography scenery, we met with this promising photographer who once used his school fees to buy a camera and start his photography journey.
Can you introduce yourself to our readers? Who is Fruithloop?
Fruithloop is a multidisciplinary artist with an eye for innovation and pixel's perfection. Born and bred in Lagos but originates from Aniochia North Delta State, Nigeria. He is equally a graduate of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Niger-Delta University, Bayelsa State.
Tell us about your story, how did you come to photography?
It all began four years back at the university when we were introduced to graphic designing. Under Graphic Design as a course we were taught photograph for the very first time, at that same class we were opportune to meet Mr. Timi a renowned Photograph lecturer who instructed all of us to purchase a camera or else we will not be permitted to attend his Photograph class.
I had to mount pressure on my parents for a camera which they bought at last. That camera was my very first. It was a Canon 350D which cost my family fifty thousand nairas (138 USD). We were about three students in the class who could boast of such cameras. You can't possibly imagine that the 50k was meant for my school fees, but I had to risk using that money for the purchase of the camera till I got a replacement from my parents. That was how I began taking pictures for my class works and assignments, gradually I began to fall in love with photography.
#Waiting | @fruithloopworks
Are there people who shaped your passion? What is special about them?
The people who shaped my passion for photography and arts are my two lecturers: Sir Ebigbaga and Sir Timi Amah. They shaped them to a professional level. I won't leave out Karly Taylor, a UK based photography tutor. His photography tutorials helped me so much.
What type of photography are you into? Why?
Am into portrait, documentary and fine-art photography. I chose these three areas because of how flexible they are in blending with arts and in this three fields I am able to express my creativity.
Photography, passion or just business?
Photography is a passion, but as an artist, if you want to survive in Nigeria, I think you should put the business first.
#QueenOfPasture | @fruithloopworks
When I say painting with light, what does that inspire you?
Light painting or rather light drawing, is a technique in photography through which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking photograph, either to illuminate a subject or to beam a point of light directly at your background.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration from my environment. I believe as an artist we all should have three eyes. Why? Because everything we see around us is God's creation. With our third eye, we could see and capture what people don't perceive as meaningful and turn it into art.
And when I say, body art?
Body art is more of the fine art photograph technic.
What do you enjoy most, working on personal projects or commissioned works?
I enjoy personal project because with a personal project you are not limited. Majority of commissioned projects have a storyline they want you to follow which might limit your creativity.
#BetweenUs | @fruithloopworks
you set challenges for yourself?
Yes, I do.
What is the biggest you have set for yourself in your art?
My biggest challenge was my first exhibition which I put up sometime around last year 2016 at Lagos Business School.
So far in your career, what are you most proud of?
I am most proud when as a photographer, I introduce myself as “Fruithloop works” to my fellow colleagues during an event and I see an overwhelmed expression on their faces. That expression explains the magnitude and aura my works portray. After those moments, I remain humble. I will simply smile and just whisper to myself "thank you, Jesus."
#WealthyMisterBello | @fruithloopworks
If you had the power to change something related to the photography industry in your country, what would you change?
One thing I would be more than happy to change is making sure photographers take pride in their profession, empowering themselves to use the potentialities of the lens and pixels to make a much-needed positive change in the society instead of waiting for someone else to do that for them.
Some people believe photography can be a tool for change. Do you agree? How can it be used?
Yes, photography is a tool for change in the sense that with our cameras we can capture and freeze the time an event that just happened. In those pictures, hold the memory of a moment, the scene, mood and expression far better than words can describe or explain away.