We made a call for entries for young photographers to send in their 10 best photos of Owerri, young photographers who would join in the just concluded Owerri Photowalk. At the photowalk, they gather, take routes, set forth with their cameras to capture all the moving stories they could find in the small town of Owerri. This is the second year of the Photo Walk and here is Ikenna Ogbenta, who doubled as the organizer and crew member had these pictures sent into our mail for consideration, and an interview here. Enjoy.
1. How was this journey? How did you actually encounter photography or how did photography encounter you?
My encounter with photography is more like a means to an end. I failed in being a drawer or drawing artist or illustrator or whatever you may wish to call it. As a kid I believed that was my talent even till now though it's dead. Mama said I needed to concentrate more In my books which was actually a good suggestion, gradually i stopped, until I stopped entirely, maybe because she registered me for plenty extra moral classes and lessons during holidays. Photography is more like the only means I could reach out to the world, send messages across and contribute in telling stories. All thanks for helping me discover myself yet again.
2. Where do you think is your best area? Do you enjoy street photography more than the rest?
I'm more interested in telling human story, capturing life as it goes. Street photography served as an escape, the passion lies there.
3. Would you like to study photography in school or something like that?
The plan is set out already.
4. Do you have photographers who you look up to?
Of course, plenty of them. It's a long list though not too long. I'm always stalking.
5. What and what inspires your photography?
This is usually a difficult question for me but then I'll give an answer. I'm inspired by everything I see around me. But most especially photos, of course you know not all kinds of photos, but photos with meanings shot by fellow creative photographers.
6. What would you say about the just concluded Owerri PhotoWalk that got this pictures for you.
I'm exceptionally happy with the turn out and passion I saw in every single soul. There's nothing more satisfying than seeing people who have the same spirit as you do. Amazing people we are. A great walk it was.
7. How much did you get your first camera
You sha want to know everything, it's fine. It was for 50k. I shoot with a Nikon L340 Coolpix. Be happy I gave you an extra answer.