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There is freedom to be found in dreaming despite the chaos in the world, and in Adeolu Osibodu’s mind-bending photographic work he invites the viewer to join him on a journey through space and time as that he navigates reality, traversing sky, land and sea. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Osibodu spent his teenage years evolving into an image-making phase. Inspired by music and cinema, he aims to capture movement in stillness and celebrate his cultural upbringing through his images.

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As a child of ministers, Osibodu moved to Redemption Camp, an Evangelical Pentecostal mega church in Mowe, Ogun State, Nigeria, when he was around 10 years old. It was there that he developed a sense of spirituality outside of religion and expanded his imagination as he roamed the campsite’s many fields and open spaces.

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“Being in Lagos we are used to the hectic lifestyle of traffic and dense population, but here it is very spaced out – you have plenty of time to think for yourself, there are fewer distractions – so having that inspired experience is part of my photography,” Osibodu says. “When I started creating images, I saw that I was drawn to surrealism and a form of reality warping. […] Everything slips away as it gets to you – it just slips out of your hands – so it’s that sense of time that’s what I try to explore with my work.”

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Feeling the need to express himself without words as a teenager, Osibodu began making images of the natural world around him with his smartphone. “I didn’t have a lot of money then, so I couldn’t buy too many expensive things; I had to work with the things around me.” Osibodu says he didn’t have an explicit narrative he was trying to convey, he just wanted to channel his emotions into a visual diary – his anger at something that happened at school or had a sorrow.

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At first, photography was more of a hobby – a way to react to the world around him – but Osibodu’s recovery from a skateboarding accident in 2016 made his passion evident.

“I broke my femur in half and lost consciousness during the accident. I couldn’t work for about eight months,” Osibodu recalls. “This whole phase of my life gave me a kind of redirection and it gave me this strong sense of gratitude for the time, for the life and for having been able to experience this profession. Before the accident, I didn’t have a camera. But, spending more time with myself, thinking about ideas and seeing my life very objectively – once I recovered, I knew what I wanted doing with my life at that time. just went non-stop from there. Even though it was a painful phase of my life, I think it was very necessary and I am very grateful for that.

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In the process, Osibodu came into contact with his inner child, and he continued to expand his approach to photography through the use of new illusory Photoshop techniques. His dreamlike environmental portraits, which depict himself, his family and close friends as models and people and objects hovering or evaporating through the air, appear almost three-dimensional. “Before, I was a very big movie buff,” he says. “I used to watch a lot of movies – not necessarily sci-fi, but a lot of period dramas, a lot of old movies, and a lot of movies that make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time.”

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Osibodu also deliberately uses black and white in much of its imagery. “I discovered for myself that creating images without colors can help you or the viewer to see a stronger form of the image, or the bare form of the image, by stripping it of all entertainment.” Bodies of water are also an important component of his work, which often depicts people wading through the sea. gray levels.

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Osibodu’s cultural identity also plays a part in his work, with the majority of people who appear in front of his lens being African. He enjoys the feedback he receives about portraying black people in a contemporary, yet futuristic form. “Africans are in my photographs because I’ve always been in Africa. I’ve always been inspired by the people around me. So it’s not even intentional; it’s just things that happen naturally , as it should be,” he said. “I can tell stories that reflect their truth.”

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And after? On the heels of a recent show in Berlin and being chosen as a beneficiary of the 2022 PhotoVogue Festival, Osibodu says he’s just going to keep creating. His advice to emerging artists: “Anything can happen at once, so just start where you are with what you have. Start with you.”

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Adeolu Osibodu is a freelance photographer from Lagos, Nigeria, and a 2022 PhotoVogue Festival Fellow. Follow him on Instagram @adeoluosibodu.




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