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asiko  London based Nigerian visual artist exploring ideas through photography.

http://asiko.co.uk/

Cannes Lions

The past week has been a busy one for me, photographing for the design team of Ascential who run the Cannes Lions event in Cannes, France. The event is a festival for creatives in advertising from all over the world.
I got the chance to listen to some of the amazing creative minds from the fields of entertainment and innovation. Got to hear from the likes of Halle Berry, Common, Sir Ian Mckellan, Dame Helen Mirren, Wyclef Jean, a$ap rocky, etc Here are some of the portraits of the inspiring women from the event @halleberry , @ddlovato , @lauradern , @edibow @ditavonteese
As a creative it's always important to attend events where you connect with other creatives and hear inspiring stories about their journey and thought processes.
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We are beautiful colours

So I'm watching the Black Panther trailer and it makes me happy, and then it hits me why I feel that way.
It's the narrative of what the film represents. The trailer highlights first African Superhero, beautiful Africa, beautiful culture, beautiful colourful people that we are, beautiful landscapes, beautiful women. Ryan Coogler (director) and Marvel are telling a contemporary African story but not in the usual condescending way Hollywood usually tells our stories. It had beauty, mystery, intrigue and badassery. I love the women in it already. I also love how Wakanda is
Depicted as a Neo African society with technology and culture walking side by side. We don't have to loose our culture because we are an evolving society.
I think we owe it to ourselves to tell the African narrative, we have to talk about our triumphs, our downfalls, our happiness, our sadness, our way of life etc. The bottom line is we have to do it
As the lyrics to one of my friend songs goes "Only you can tell your story." ~ Bumi Thomas.
So I am proud of the Black Panther film and I will be seeing it once it comes in Feb next year.
Gorgeous Moniasse is such a great muse and her body is a work of art. Print work by the amazing Zak Ove (gorgeous work) #love #art #photography #portrait #asiko #photooftheday #potd #portraiture #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instagramhub #contemporaryart #woman #colours #adorned #africanart

Today my post is dedicated to the Wonder Woman in my life, my wife and best friend Segun. @roseandclover_
She believed in me when I started taking photographs. Back then stylists wouldn't give me the time of day but she stepped in to style my shoots even though she's not a stylist and it was outside her comfort zone. This was one of our first shoots 'Autumn bird' which was an editorial that went in Pride Magazine.
Happy birthday baby girl.
PS She runs a PR and Branding consultancy and is a business coach for entrepreneurs on @roseandclover_
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Focus on the essence

Focus on image maker and not camera settings. Forget about the sensor sizes, remember your deep ideas, the ones you buried, yes those ones you hide away, the ones you are scared people may laugh at. They are yours and yours to create. Fstops and Aperture are nuts and bolts, focus on the essence, the things that make an image sing and cause a stir.

We want to make better photographs but are we willing to dig deep and find the authentic thing that lies within. No one praises you for the kind of camera you use. •

I worked with 5 beautiful creative women and we came up with the Archetypes editorial in current issue @blanckdigital which explored African female roles Model: Nwando Ebeledike @thenwando Stylist: Mpona Lebajoa @_mpona Stylist assistant: Misha Khanbabaee-Fard @mishafard Makeup: Christina Lomas @chrissie_b_makeup Hair: Neusa Gonclaves @awesomehaircreations

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Inspiration from a truly great photographer Ansel Adams “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ~ Ansel Adams “When people ask what equipment I use, I tell them my eyes.” ~ Ansel Adams “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!” ~ Ansel Adams “Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film.” ~ Ansel Adams

An editorial “Red Queen” from back in the day with model Katie from Lenis models with styling by Elizabeth Ajomale

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Don’t be afraid to be in the valley
We all want to be at the top of the mountain and hope not to see the depths of the valley. We all want to get to the top of our game and be successful and have little or not hardship to get there.

Thing is, in the depths of the valley of disappointment and despair is where there is growth, it’s where new types of plants grow, it’s where flowers bloom. There is no growth at the top of the mountain, infact it’s pretty static at the top, the air is thin and it’s filled with rocks and boulders; there is no evolution or discovery. It is in the valley that you have the most significant growth of your life. The valley will be your place of greatest disappointment and heartache but it will also be the place of greatest growth and harvest. Don’t be afraid to be in the valley
Zainab adorned in colours. Caught up with this beauty today, she’s such a beautiful soul @zainabbalogun Jewellery by @anitaquansahlondon
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Stepping out •
Queen Hippolyta: If you choose to leave, you may never return.
Diana Prince: Who will I be if I stay?

A great line from the new Wonder Woman which is awesome by the way. We are sometimes apprehensive of stepping out of our comfort zone because the unknown is quite frankly scary. But heres the thing, who would we be if we didn’t, the world would be deprived of how awesome we are if we cower in fear. It’s ok to be afraid but we have to move forward inspite of the fear and break new ground, we have to walk in courage. Remember you are awesome, and the world is a better place for what you bring into it.

Michelle is a real life Wonder Woman, mother of 5, PhD in Nutrition, Lecturer, Runs a health and nutrition brand Earth Oracle, practices Kung-Fu and Yoga, yeap just an amazing woman I got the pleasure to photograph. Styling by @efe__i
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Waiting for inspiration “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” Pablo Picasso “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” Jack London “Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time… the wait is simply too long.” Leonard Bernstein

So basically stop sitting on your ass waiting for inspiration disguised as a bolt of lightning. Get moving, go and see some artwork, listen to some music, start taking photographs, take a break if you need to, but get stuck in again till you find your inspiration.

I was messing about on the train this morning and just kept going till I got here, I think I created about 10 layers on the Snappseed app for retouching this piece. The double exposure tool is great for merging layers.

Model @gemmahuh Makeup @mocha_makeup_mama

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What are you drawn?

What you are drawn to, shapes your style.
The things you are drawn to or love photographing forms an inherent part of your style. I love textures, colour, atmosphere and the moment so it's very easy to see how these elements are incorporated into my work.
Maybe you love films, then you should incorporate something from the film world into your images. When you combine your interests into your photography, you are well on your way to developing your style.
Something from a while back with Toyin when we painted Toyin gold. Makeup and paint by Grace Grey
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Style takes time

"It’s always very difficult to talk about my style. When I did it for the first time nobody talked about the style, but the repetition over 40 years of work produces a style. More and more I want to be evocative more than descriptive, and then when the camera translates what I have in mind then that’s the style." – Sarah Moon

I feel I have a style but I feel it is evolving and growing as I am. I feel style is like a sculpture that you chisel and mould over a period of time to reveal something that was always there. As you grow you are better discerning to use the right tools to hack away at your style. So heres the thing, style takes time. •
Testing with model Iya @yes_iya and makeup Keisha @keishadesvignes
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Value yourself

I got this email today. “I am writing to you from the PR division of XXXXX PR Media in respect to a
collaboration with our Client, Mr XXXX, a renowned Nollywood
actor.
We kindly request your partnership with us by providing your photography
services to our client for a one day photoshoot in the UK before the end
of the week.
In return, we offer to credit and publicize your brand on our platform, as
well as name you our photography partner for the shoot.”

I haven’t had an email like this in years so I forgot how I felt about this sort of bad behaviour.

Guys we need to value ourselves and our craft or all sorts of people will try and take advantage of us. Even when you are starting out, be careful of those who will try to exploit you. We have to understand the value we carry as human beings and creatives.

A portrait of actor and creative director the beautiful Mary Fapunda.

I have been doing a lot of portraits and headshots for actors, musicians and designers and the ever evasive warm weather is always good to shoot in. Summer is here, let’s shoot

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Find the mood

Find the mood in your photographs,
Go deeper, forget the surface stuff,
everyone else is doing that anyway
Express ideas in secrets,
watch the subtle movements and gestures of your subject,
collaborate and connect
Find the emotional confluence of your being and theirs.
Light, composition, depth of field all play a part of your story.
Be the director of your set
What’s your point of view?
How did you see your subject?
How do you want to play out a narrative?
Happy, sad, wanderlust, whatever……
just make sure it’s yours and make sure it’s authentic.

Find the mood, let it be your mood

Moods of Archetypes editorial in current issue @blanckdigital about African Female Archetypes Model: Nwando Ebeledike @thenwando Stylist: Mpona Lebajoa @_mpona Stylist assistant: Misha Khanbabaee-Fard @mishafard Makeup: Christina Lomas @chrissie_b_makeup Hair: Neusa Gonclaves @awesomehaircreations

#love #art #photography #portrait #asiko #photooftheday #potd #portraiture #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #africa #instagramhub #archetypes #editorial #queen #contemporaryart #africanart #seeing #mood #womanhood

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