David Uzochukwu became completely obsessed with photography at 12 when he first picked up his mother’s point-and-shoot and started to document everything around. His key areas are fine art, conceptual and portraits. “The one thing that really makes me click is story-telling.”
His process goes somewhat like this:
I see something that sparks my interest, and I start building a story around it. I sketch out the photograph, and take different aspects like light, colors, clothing and pose into consideration, and how a change could affect the atmosphere of the image. If I know how I want to go about an image and got all the essential material, I shoot the picture. That takes between twenty minutes and an hour. After that, I look at everything I’ve shot on my computer, select the pictures that I like best, or where certain parts really please me, then start putting them together. I change things like colors and contrast, and sometimes I add a little magic.
David is heavily influenced by Laura Zalenga whose beautiful photographs are both personal and whimsical. He is inspired by strong feelings, atmosphere, books, conversations, music, paintings,films, People, their stories and young artists with a passion that is obvious in everything they do.
“For me, a great photograph tells a story. It makes the viewer stare at the picture and get caught up in it.“
“Taking pictures every day is a magic formula, and if you really push yourself to create daily, you’ll grow eventually.“
“Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” Seriously. It’ll kill you.“
He created some of his best work with a Canon 500D, learning through trial and error. “.
“For anyone starting out, I’d tell them to do whatever they feel like doing, to keep experimenting until they think they’ve found something they want to keep doing. And not to be afraid to reach out. I’ve found that most people are nicer than expected.”
Don’t be afraid to fail. If you never try, you’ll never grow.
David is 15 years, Austrian and Nigerian and has been living in Luxembourg for the past 9 years. He loves traveling, strolling around with a camera and meeting new people.
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