According to Marc Ricboud “ Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second” . The best stories ever told has been told by photographers. Through their lens they see what we refuse to see and show whatever looks hidden to the naked eyes. We are able to relive the best moments of our life’s with pictures, pictures which speak to our soul. There is one photographer who is a very passionate observer. His photo’s aren’t what he sees, they’re how he sees them.He captures art,emotion,action,impressions,life, beauty etc. He is currently studying economics, a final year student in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is called Clifford Afriyie, a photographer whose pictures breath life.
Afriyie, when did you start dreaming of becoming a photographer?
It just kind of happened. I suppose it’s possible that it’s what I do because my friend was an average amateur photographer and I did admire the man a great deal, or it could be that my mother was an artist. I couldn’t tell you why for sure. What I can tell you is that I really love what I do and I spend a lot of time refining, perfecting and even obsessing over my work. It is a passion.
What are some of the challenges you have met on the way?
I’ve had so many challenges. It’s a fast growing business and it’s very easy to get flushed out of the system when it comes to photography. But mainly I always consider my challenges as a stepping stone to greater things. We learn all the time.
How long have you been into this business?
I’ve been shooting for 4 years now.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Branding was a challenge for me, as a lover of simple things, I wanted my brand to speak as such . It wasn’t easy as a young enthusiast to inculcate such qualities in my work and in the way I carried myself about.
So far on your journey, what has been your greatest achievements?
My greatest achievement is finding myself do the things i do. As an artist inspiration comes from many places your ability to combine these inspirations into a unique style is for me, a great achievement.
What are your aspirations for the next few years to come?
Since i will be leaving school very soon my desire is to work and travel a lot . Photography becomes stale when you find yourself at one place . I want to be better and I want the simplicity in my work to stand out even more
“I have spent a lot of time reflecting on things such as what is my “style” of photography. Style comes with time and is a difficult thing to force. I think more important than style is being aware of the literal nature of the image I see and striving to go beyond that in an aesthetic sense to create a captivating image”
You can check out his website for some of his works : asforafriyie.com
Author: Kwesi Otoo, Writer threesixtyGh.com