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A Photograph by Olaoluwa Idris Adamu
Here’s a gathering of onlookers. Some stand on level ground, and others watch from a higher vantage. Each body assumes the position that gives it the most flexibility for movement. The mood is far from relaxed, as is clear from the faces, which seem to fold in one collective frown. There are some more expressive than others, in whose actions we note what is unbearably private about the crowded scene. At the back, a hand holds up a phone to take a photograph, in landscape mode. In front, a woman is seen at the moment she is changed by what she now knows; her mouth and eyes are wide and fixed. One man has turned to look at us. It is his gaze—his cool, unruffled alertness—that spells out how unevenly distributed this tragedy is.
Olaoluwa Idris Adamu: “I am adventurous and full of curiosity.”
I took the photograph in Itafaji, Lagos Island, Nigeria, about three days after a building collapsed on Mercy Street.
The photo sums up the whole accident of that period. It has a cause and effect feel to me. It raises questions that beg to be answered.
My approach to photography varies per time; one constant thing is that I am adventurous and full of curiosity.
Photography is impactful in the fact that it helps preserve memories.
Two other photographs by Olaoluwa Idris Adamu
About Olaoluwa Idris Adamu
Olaoluwa is a visual storyteller currently based in Lagos, Nigeria. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and International Studies. He is a member of the African Photojournalism Database (APJD). A certified Canon Basic DSLR user, Olaoluwa has participated in several photography workshops, including the Unabashed Photo Walk in 2017. He is interested in human-based stories that express change and transformation. Find out more about his featured work via World Press Photo, and Instagram.
Last Week — Taiwo Aina
I was working on a flooding story. I went to Koton Karfe community in Kogi State: it’s a community close to the interstate bridge that links Kogi to Abuja. The water level rose and the community was flooded.
I passed through where the water was low so that I wouldn't drown, because I wasn’t with any protective equipment. I stood on a hill higher than the normal ground, so I was able to see how badly the community was affected.
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