by Logo Oluwamuyiwa
I never thought the day would come so soon that I would walk into the building that houses the most prestigious photography agency in the world – a league of the brightest minds that have engaged the craft of image making – as my map indicated that I was two turns away from the building – I panicked and almost turned back feeling unworthy – I was scheduled for a 15:00 session but I had arrived about an hour earlier – leaving me enough time to see the works of Sergio Larrain popularly called the ‘Vagabond Photographer’. The letters in his book revealed some of the doubts and interests I have engaged in my short career and I resonated strongly with the works, as I perused the gallery of well curated, mystical works that many elite photographers have envied him for. I was still caught up in his world when the warm and kind Hamish arrived, and the next three hours of conversation can only be summarized in a poem adapted from Sergio’s words.
Grace comes when you are delivered from conventions and obligations, conveniences and competition – leaving you free like a child in his first discovery of reality.
I mean who gets a seat with Magnum Agency after just four years in?! As described by Sergio in his letter to Cartier Bresson – Grace is truly what makes a good photograph.
By Logo Oluwamuyiwa
Meeting with Janice Mclaren was inspiring to say the least; her familiarities with works from Nigeria gave her good vantage point to critique and understand my perspective as I explained my work to her. Attentively she listened way beyond the PowerPoint presentation, asking me about my background and how I found the craft “Photography” as if trying to discern what my true values and interests are.
She applauded that I was lucky to have found a subject that I love shooting (Lagos) and said that in itself would be an advantage for my journey as a Photographer. But she also cautioned that my technical skills are still underdeveloped therefore advised me to work on that, by paying more attention to the settings and exposure of my images unless - of course its intentional artistic move to shoot in that style. She introduced me to the works of the shortlisted Deutsche Borse Prize that was currently on view at the gallery as well as the rich collection of photography books in the bookshop – Imagine my pride when I saw ‘Africa Under Prism’ a recent publication of Contemporary photography from the Lagos Photo Festival. I will definitely take her advice to heart.
A massive thank you to everyone who came down for the opening night.
The evening was blessed with some beautiful sunshine; and conversations about Lagos/ art/ life/ photography amongst an engaging crowd. Logo provided the perfect soundtrack with an excellent selection of music from Asa to Wiz Kid, before we all rolled on to the after party across the road at Busta Mantis.
For those not able to make it on the 29 the exhibition will be open Fri- Sunday until the 22 May, we've had a great response so far. Come see.
Logo’s residency kicked off on 17 April and what an intense first two weeks it has been!
After a couple of days to acclimatise (to the coldest April this year!) Logo was straight into his residency programme with meetings and portfolio reviews at the Photographers Gallery and Magnum, library and archive visits and a course on creating digital negatives at Photo Fusion.
With the exhibition on the horizon we immersed ourselves in the final stages of exhibition planning, production and promotion. Cracking our creative brains with the millimetre precision of photographic print production became a daily ritual…
But boy was it worth it. A beautiful set of prints arrived on Wednesday morning ready to be installed by Anna, Will and Simeon our fantastically skilled team. As did my favourite find - a set of trestle tables purchased on eBay which have made for some stunning exhibition furniture.
And as if like magic, it was up! It’s Also a Solo Journey, Logo Oluwamuyiwa’s first solo exhibition is now open and on view until the 22 May.
Developing the exhibition we were keen to show the breadth of Logo’s practice whilst highlighting one of the key themes in his first major body of work - this sense of the many solo journeys through the crowded city. We also had the challenge of distilling an archive of thousands of digital images into a physical presentation for a gallery space and in response have works displayed in a variety of ways from a projected sequence to aluminium mounted prints hanging from the ceiling!