Interviews Photography

The Photography of Motolani Olorungbon

Tell us, who is Motolani Olorungbon?

I am Professional photographer, originally a graduate of the University of Ilorin department of Religion.

How would you describe your style?

I would say my style is artistic, every time I shoot I try to portray my subject not just as a photograph but as a work of art.

What or who got you interested in photography?

Well no one in particular got me into photography, I have always been interested in photography. I would take take pictures of my friends and family with cellphones and they would tell me how much they loved them, It became sort of like my role amongst them. So after school I got a job in a cooperate organization but I hated it, so I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be self employed that was when I went to train and became a photographer, haven said that people like Hakim Salam, kelechi amadi obi, Mr Adeoye are people that inspire me and I look up to.

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?

I use a D7100 camera and a sigma 17-50mm lens.

What has been your most memorable shoot and why?

My most memorable shoot was when I shot a “yoga model”. The flexibility of the model was simply mind blowing and how comfortable she was with her body was amazing the pictures are some of my best work so far.

Do you have somebody or something you would love to photograph?   

In Nigeria i will say Temi Odetola she is just so fashionable and her skin texture in photographs is amazing however, Outside Nigeria I’ll say Rihanna and Beyoncé, because they are so comfortable with their skin for one, they can make you think and marvel with their expressions and body language, lastly, they are very creative when it comes to fashion.

What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?

My advice would be to be very sure about wanting to be a photographer because as a photographer you need to be persistent. Never give up even though you feel no one is looking, try to shoot Everytime, it takes dedication. Do it because you love it not for money and shoot what you love that’s when people will begin to pay attention to you.

Tell me one thing that is overrated? Anything at all and why?

Cooperate jobs are overrated. I am happy to be growing in a generation where people are beginning to think outside the box, becoming self employed, developing Thier talents and skills, working hard and making a difference in the society.

 If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you pick?

I would love to see the world, but there is no place like Nigeria. The diversity in the people, the culture, the way of life, the land mass is incomparable, so yes I would still pick Nigeria.


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