Photographers are artists with the camera, using a blend of technical skills and an artistic eye to take pictures of people, places, landscapes, food, and virtually anything you can think of.
Uddy Samuel, C.E.O UddyTography, a Lagos-born Akwa Ibom man, is a professional Photographer and Videographer. In an interview with Osazuwa Irobosa, Uddy brings us into his unique world of dynamism; telling us about how he started and giving us insight into the world of photography.
When did UddyTography start?
UddyTography started about ten years ago after my Tour/classes in London.
Did you start the classes based on a hobby or you actually wanted to make a career out of it?
Well, it started for me as a hobby, as at first all my hands could reach were the point and shoot cameras and been a creative person that i am, with all these ideas popping out of my head every now and then, I would always look for anything that looked like a camera and take pictures.
How did you become interested in Photography?
My interest came when i saw people’s reaction after taking pictures. There was this one time i took a picture of someone and he said ” you take pictures like you were born doing it”. At that moment i felt like a PRO and that compliment really made me want to venture into photography.
What drives you?
I see beauty in everything and I try to capture the essence, giving my clients an unforgettable experience/moment many years after.
How do you get the person, place or thing that is in front of the camera onto the film, chip or paper in just the way you want?
Before I proceed with my shoot, I spend time to interact with my client to create a bond, and if the shoot is in an unusual place I also get my clients to mingle or engage in a happy/interesting discussion with the people around before the shoot.
I have this theory that “A good photography begins with the mind”. So by doing this everyone is happy and ready to shoot.
Are you a Canon or Nikon kind of photographer?
I am a lover of Canon cameras and lenses.
Do you have mentors that influenced this profession and how did they influence it?
Yes, I have a couple of them.
Hans Wilscot: He’s an Architectural photographer, who made me understand that in every structure there is beauty waiting for the right eye to discover and that if you get the angles, light, positioned properly, your object comes out beautifully.
Kelechi Amadi Obi: He’s a dynamic photographer and painter, watching him has taught me how to communicate with my client while shooting them.
TY Bello: She is a portrait photographer; she made me understand the blend of colours.
Joel Benson: He’s an award-winning filmmaker, his detail to work made me love documentary and film-making which applies to almost everything I do video-graphically today.
What do you aim to say with your photographs and how do you get your pictures to reflect just that?
For every picture or video, I make the one thing I like people to see is TEXTURE, BEAUTY AND STORY, as it relates to every individual.
Are you a lone ranger?
For now, you can call me a lone-ranger, since I work alone. Am a strong believer of perfection and before I set out to do anything I think it through over and over again to avoid any mistake and if I run into any creative block, I seek a professional opinion.
What motivates you to keep taking pictures even with the present economy?
Passion is my driving force, every good craftsman knows how to use the economic situation to his advantage.
What kind of pictures do you take?
I take documentary, Events and Portrait photography.
When you are not taking pictures, how do you distract yourself?
Interestingly I do other things like Songwriting, Singing and playing the guitar. ” When i’m not doing what I love, I move on to the other thing I love”.
So I heard some photographers have clients who want to look a particular type of way body wise. Have you ever had such clients? and what’s your first reaction?
Lol, yes I have met clients like that, the plus-sized ones want me to make them slim and even the slim ones want to look even slimmer.
Being a photographer I learnt to understand body structure, so my first reaction is to first understand that these are uncomfortable areas in the client’s life and it should be treated with wisdom.
Do you ever find yourself looking at the world wondering what it would look like in a photograph?
This question seems like a little ambiguous, but I would like to take a picture of the Earth myself from out of space to believe it is what we see it as.
See some of his photos below:
Dan Foster died of coronavirus at Yaba isolation centre – source
More facts have emerged about the suddenly death of Nigerian-based American radio personality, Daniel ‘Dan’ Foster, simply known as Dan Foster.
A source told WuzupNigeria that the 2003, 2004, and 2005 Nigeria Media Merit Awards winner for ‘Best Radio Personality’ died of coronavirus [COVID-19] at the Yaba isolation centre around 1pm on Wednesday.
According to the source, who craved anonymity, Dan Foster’s wife, Lovina, is expected to release a statement later today.
WuzupNigeria reports that the death of Dan Foster, a former Idols West Africa judge, alongside Nigerian Dede Mabiaku and Ghanaian Abrewa Nana, was first announced by Oladotun Kayode, aka Do2dtun.
Do2dtun had tweeted,
Oh Dan Foster… you gave me the strength to do this and even more. This is really painful.“
Broadcaster and media consultant, Frank Edoho,also confirmed his death via his twitter handle.
“I just got off the phone, my friend Oscar confirmed that Dan Foster has passed on. This is a very very dark year. How can I overcome this unending melancholy. Rest In Peace”
Music gave me a ‘new story’- Afrobeat singer Xstablished
Music means the world to a lot of people. When you really listen to the lyrics of some songs today, you get a STORY as Music helps people express their feelings and emotion.
Most people would even say it’s a way to escape the many hardship life has put before them.
Warri-based Xstablished is an extraordinary artiste who against all odds has prevailed using music as a yardstick to succeed.
Read excerpt from Xstablished’s interview with one of our correspondents;
My name is Ekemini Emmanuel, stage name Xstablished. I am based in Warri.
TELL ME ABOUT XSTABLISHED
Well, there is not much to know about me as I’m what everyone would call a hustler.
I am Warri-based, I have lived in the ghetto almost all my life and I must say that it has not been easy for me at all.
I had to drop out of school because it became really difficult to pay my fees.
At that very point, I needed a way out and MUSIC was there for me.
HOW DID YOU COME ABOUT THE NAME XSTALISHED
Before I started singing I thought of a name that would stand out, something people would hear and relate with very quickly.
Just as the word ‘ESTABLISH’ means I aim to develop and motivate people out there with my songs.
WHAT’S YOUR GENRE OF MUSIC
I like to think I sing all genres if I say so myself but I love reggae-dancehall. I’m also great at all Afro-pop and Afro-beat.
But subsequently, I sing based on what catches the fancy of my fans.
HAVE YOU RELEASED ANY HIT SINGLE?
Yes, I have basically four songs now.
HAS ANY OF YOUR SONGS PLAYED ON ANY PLATFORM?
Yes, my songs have played on Galaxy TV, Hip-TV and some others…
HAVE YOU COLLABORATED WITH ANYONE?
Yes, I have collaborated with, Eriggapepperboi and Nazzyhustle in one of my Hit Single, Title: WARRI TO THE WORLD and they’re the biggest rappers in my city and the state, and I strongly believe that more collaborations are on the way this year with some bigger artists in and outside of the country.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF GOOD MUSIC?
I am of the opinion that good music comes with good packaging, you can’t leave one for the other.
People are easily swayed by what they see and it has to appeal to them first.
So with that been said I think good management is key in terms of the artiste’s physical, social appearance.
Once the image of the artiste is solid, quality production is another thing that will keep the crowd vibing to your songs all day, every day.
SO ARE YOU IN THE INDUSTRY FOR THE FAME OR MONEY?
Money is a considerable factor but it’s the love and passion that drives me.
DO YOU HAVE MENTORS IN THE MUSIC PRODUCTION INDUSTRY?
Yes, I have a mentor when it comes to the music industry production, Donjazzy is my best music producer and he is someone I look up to.
WHAT OTHER PRODUCERS INSPIRE YOU?
Other producers that inspire me again are shizzi, chopstix and Gospelondebeatz.
HOW DO YOU KNOW A SONG IS READY CONSIDERING IT’S A LOT OF WORK?
I don’t know how other artistes know but for me, when it’s ready, I just know it’s ready.
DID YOU LEARN MIX, MASTER AND OR ENGINEER AS A MUSIC ARTIST OR YOU HAVE SOMEBODY FOR THAT?
Yes, I actually learned Mix, Master and beats making as I like to go through the process and if I’m not okay with my own sound I seek for help.
IN FIVE YEARS DO YOU STILL SEE YOURSELF DOING MUSIC?
For me all I see is music, my whole being speaks music. So yes, I would still be in the music industry five years from now.
SO A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME YOU ARE WORKING ON AN ALBUM. HOW TRUE?
Lol! Your little birdie was right I’m working on an album that I believe will shake the music industry and cause more ‘wahala’ than the one African China did.
I really see big things happening as I have not even dropped the album yet but I have already started getting great comments from my producers and some of my friends.
ARE U AFFILIATED WITH ANY LABEL, TV FILM OR RADIO COMPANIES?
Yes I’m with EvM_Record (Ezeego)
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE ASPIRING TO WALK IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS?
I would advise any aspiring artist to work to the fullest and never give up.
Watch one of his video below;
Coronavirus has deprived me of hanging out with friends and family – Rapper Febian Marine
Fast-rising rapper and singer, Febian Chinedu Okoh, popularly called Febian Marine, spoke with Temitope Adetunji about his music career, family background, his passion for music and his newly released songs titled “ Correct and For your Pocket”
The Musician also shared his experiences on how Covid-19 has affected him as a Singer.
What’s your brand name and tell us about it
My brand name is Febian marine and my real name is Febian chinedu okoh , I’m a songwriter-producer rapper and singer, I hail from Delta state grew up in Lagos state.
When did it start and for how long have you been doing what you do?
I’ve been doing music for over 15years or more
What inspired you into choosing this path
It’s a talent given to me by God so music chose me
What kind of music do you sing?
I do any kind of music from Afrobeat to RnB pop-reggae blues rap music any type of music depending on the mood and how the spirit leads
The industry seems to be saturated already with a lot of stars, What’s the uniqueness of your brand that will make you stand out?
My brand got so much style, classiness and that is something that is hard to see in the industry these days
How has it been so far?
It has not been easy but all thanks are to God for the gift of life
What was the reaction of your parents when they discovered you chose a career in music?
They supported me because they saw my passion for music
Who inspires you within and outside the industry?
In Nigeria, my first cousin Franco tia Tia back in the days and outside Nigeria JayZ R-kelly
What’s the biggest moment of your career since you started?
When I performed alongside with aka a South African rapper in South African and I stole the show
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
I take my fans as my family so I relate with them as peaceful family members relate.
Have you ever dealt with stage fright?
Not at all
How has COVID_19 affected you as a Singer?
Well, so far the COVID-19 has affected every country of the world, it has affected every industry not just the music industry and also me as a singer because I cannot go for radio interviews or for TV stations interview or even hang out with my friends and family.
Have you released any song? How did you feel after your debut song was release
I have released a couple of singles and videos I have done a video for the song called “for your pocket and I just did a video for “correct” and I have a single like omofela, jogodo . And so far it’s been love from my fans and my family home and aboard and from everyone.
Tell us anything you want your fans to know?
Febian marine got talent is no fluke, I’m here to stay forever, if possible and I’m going to be doing big things and I am never gonna let dem down… And to my friends and family keep supporting good music, enjoy every minute of your life cuz you don’t know the next minute.
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