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Thompson Ekong, the Nigerian Photographer Speaking With Colours, Emotions And Pictures

Thompson Ekong, the Nigerian Photographer Speaking With Colours, Emotions And Pictures
  • PublishedMay 20, 2020

His specialised communication using colours, emotions and pictures stays as the building block to the photographer’s rise.

I’m trying to capture unthought-of perspectives every time I’m behind the camera. It’s the TSE magic.

Interview: TSE Is the Photographer Capturing Lagos’ New Aesthetic, okayafrica.com

Thompson S. Ekong ‘TSE’ aka Eye of the Culture, is the Lagos-based Nigerian photographer owning his youth, visions and African identity which he transmits onto his art.

From the onset of his early teens to the present in his mid-20s, TSE has always possessed a unique flair of his own. Having humble equipment at the dawn of his career was also not a setback for him. In an interview with Pulse in 2017, he shares a story from the very beginning where his pictures were selected for an editorial from a shoot he had alongside other photographers. This accomplishment was made despite his twinge of embarrassment because of his small camera.

More remarkable is the fact that TSE is a self-taught photographer. As a black creative in a global society which tends to have an unfavourable disposition to dark skin, he makes sure to infuse the black and African experience into his images for representation.

I want to always just have the voice and tools needed to touch lives of Africans and everyone. That’s what my work will say: Africa spoke and I was a brand and a creative that helped spread Africa’s voice visually around the world, a mouthpiece for the kids ‘cause I broke every wall that kept us limited in Africa right now.

MEET THOMPSON S. EKONG, THE OPINIONATED NIGERIAN PHOTOGRAPHER ELEVATING AFRICA, hungertv.com
Photo:TSE

Over the years in various interviews, he has stated his influences to be Steve Jobs, Kanye West, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Skepta, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, Santi, Daniel Arsham, UAX, Appare-Ranman!, Studio Ghibli, Niyi Okeowo and his friends.

With an art style that expresses humanity and preaches individuality, our eyes, hearts and minds are met with a striking aesthetic found nowhere else.

The understanding of humanity is my lust in art.

The Fine Art of Photography; Thompson Ekong, businessofphotography.net
Photo: TSE

TSE’s photography is definitely one to set eyes, minds and hearts on.

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