A Photograph by Jean-fidèle
Notice the feet of onlookers, planted or lifted, holding the body firm, in mid-stride—the feet of the little girl, the woman beside her, and the brown shoes of a man inches ahead. Consider the feet as a shaft by which all human witnessing turns. And what’s here to witness? A man’s foot aloft, and his mouth pursed with intention, and his hand taut in either assault or self-defence or both. A scene whose drama is casual in its immediacy.
— Emmanuel Iduma
“When most people think of Lagos, they think of vibrancy and roughness in equal measure.”
The photograph was taken at Ketu, Lagos, Nigeria. I took it on one of my daily walks. I had observed the agbero—as they are popularly known in Lagos—having a disagreement with the bus conductors and one thing led to another and they were at each other's throats. I quickly composed myself and my gear and took this photograph just as the bus conductor got into the bus and the driver was about to drive off. The agbero, clearly not having it, didn't want to let go.
This represents a view of what daily life in Lagos is about. When most people think of Lagos, they think of vibrancy and roughness in equal measure.
My approach is simple: to document daily life and environmental as well as social issues in the community.
Jean-fidèle is a street and documentary photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria. He has volunteered in several youth development and social initiatives such as Ignite Passion, The Conversation Cafe and SustyVibes. He has worked with PhotoWaka Africa, a community that grooms passionate photographers, as the lead photographer. He is a member of APJD (Africa Photo-Journalism Database), a joint project by World Press Photo and Everyday Africa. See more of his work on Instagram.
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