asiko_artist asiko_artist

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asiko  London based Nigerian visual artist exploring ideas through photography.

http://asiko.co.uk/

Inspiration “Photographic technique is no secret and, provided the interest is there, easily assimilated. But inspiration comes from the soul and when the muse isn’t around even the best exposure meter is very little help. In the biographies, artists like Michaelangelo, Da Vinci and Bach said that their most valuable technique was their ability to inspire themselves, This is true of all artists, the moment there is something to say there becomes a way to say it.” ~ Ralph Gibson
Test with this new face beauty Ngozi from @limitless_mgmt Limitless models. Makeup by Keisha @keishadesvignes
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How are you?

We love to believe that mental illness doesn’t exist, especially among Africans, we sweep that stuff under the market. The thing is when we peer under the exterior of “how well we are doing” there lies the real stuff. A few years ago my mother was diagnosed with dementia and I had to come to terms with loosing her over a period of time. Each time I saw her, I watched fade further and further till she didn’t know who I was. Dementia basically robs you of your identity and you forget everything, even your loved ones. I believe we need to start to understand that we have a societal stigma towards mental illness and start to take care of our own mental health. I have found that a considerable amount of ceative suffer from bouts of depression and anxiety which challenges their mental health. We shouldn’t be afraid to engage and possibly help one another.

As someone who suffers from anxiety and has racing thoughts and internal conversations I am understanding how important emotional well-being really is.

So be well my friends.

Image: Yrsa is layered beautifully like most women.

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Sitting with Simon Sinek

“Don't quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can't see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It's the one that makes the sweetest sound.” – Never ever give up, even when you feel like it

“No matter when or where, always bring your 'A' game, because you never know when it will open doors for you.” – Always carry your business card or portfolio

“If no one ever broke the rules, then we'd never advance.” – Understand the rules and then break them

A Portrait of Nadia

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Find your awesome

Your awesome is what makes you unique, it’s what makes you standout so quit being a carbon copy sheep and just be you. There are too many people running around here doing the same thing, how particulary boring, its time for us to have a creative crisis and incite creative anarhcary. Why are we walking the line of mediocrity when we are made to operate on a high level of unique awesoneness. It’s time we we find our awesome and dignify the voice we were meant to have.

Speaking of awesome, here is Esie who I put together an impromptu shoot with a few months back she was in town. Sinead Kelly did awesome makeup.

For the spirit dancer

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# Why over how
We are more concerned with how but ignore the why
I get a lot of messages in my inbox asking me about how I did some photoshop technique or what filter did I use. The thing is I am sometimes not even sure how I did what I did. My retouching is a bit organic, I keep it if it feels right or if it feeds the mood or narrative. I think we need to think more about the why, the why of a person feeds the narrative of the work they create. My narrative is quite different from anybody else's and so my work would be as well. Find your why, it will help create your how. Testing with model Iya @yes_iya and makeup Keisha @keishadesvignes
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# Don't chase the shot, chase the experience.
The award wining photographers have great experiences of life, travel, culture, humanity. Photography shouldn't necessarily be about the image, it should be about life and experiences. Photography should be a way to document and see different points of views. Live a beautiful life filled with purpose. •
Lookbook shoot for Celeste Ann London @anncelestelondon lookbook. Model @lulustone_ Makeup @stacy_wodu_mua Hair @awesomehaircreations Styling @_mpona shot at @pdesignsstudio
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Something to ponder over “What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.
You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank.
Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term “mangina.”
Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally f@#ked up.” ― Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism

One of the beautiful and intelligent women I got to photograph Minna Salami @msafropolitan
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Wonderous mind

“I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” ~ Sir Isaac Newton

The older we get, the more we loose our sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty around us. Remaining in that state of wonder makes us more unreserved and free to create without constraints. So forget all the rules and what you have been told to believe. The worlds need more free-thinkers and mould breakers and it starts in our minds and state of wonder.

Client portrait work for Actress and Creative director Mary @blueelectrica
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“The sooner photography is about photographs and not camera and settings, the better.” I went to the Sony Photography Awards at Somerset House and couldn’t help but notice that the photography wasn’t about pixels and fstops, it was about humanity, heart and soul. We owe it to ourselves to use our cameras to document life whichever we see or interpret it, and tell stories about who we are and how we saw the world.

A throwback to when I photographed Eku and Lynxxx

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If you don't value yourself, don't expect your clients to value you! “Although many will remain in denial about it, the reality is that too many photographers have lost sight of, or never understood, the intrinsic value and power an image holds. And unfortunately, in a bid to secure bookings, a lot of professionals offer services at unsustainable low prices. This is what is giving the buying public a false perception of what photography should cost. The multitude of price ranges on offer is skewing the distinction between what is, or isn’t, good value. And it’s causing a lot of confusion and mistrust.” ~ Jay Hoque

A portrait of Julie in infrared

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# Test new waters
I have to say I am not the best in searching out new work. For instance I am interested in working with theatres, I think they fit my style but haven't gone out to actively connect with that calibre of client. We sometimes get comfortable in our little world and are afraid to test new waters. Let's learn to step into new terrain and create work outside our comfort zones. It is through our breaking new ground that we grow.
Be unreserved and unrestrained.
Lolu ESQ by Àsìkò
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# Diversify

To keep myself from being idle and getting into trouble I decided to venture into the beauty world and create some work for makeup brand @twoklondon As a freelance artist I find I need to develop multiple income streams and even though what I do is niche I can apply it to various industries that I might be drawn to. I think it's very important to specialise in a certain industry to be able to know the clients you need to target but be open other possibilities. Shooting women is something I do naturally and so it made sense to apply it into the beauty world. PS Beauty is hard, I praise peep who do consistently great beauty work. •
Commercial work with beautiful women
for makeup brand Campaign shoot for @twoklondon Models @flowerbatts @joelahnoble @lgw_12
Make-up @abbiemaymua
Hair @reginameessen
Stylist @aisha_paparella
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