The Photographers' Gallery
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.