Photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo treats photography as his calling. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Ogunbanwo studied Law before he made the switch to photography in 2012.
“I honestly didn’t choose photography, photography chose me,” he said in an interview with Vogue. “I’ve always liked images (even growing up and for as long as I’ve remembered I’ve always had a camera) and the first time it occurred to me that I could use a camera to produce a distinct feeling was when I made portraits of my sisters.” Now, his striking portraits are featured in glamorous publications like the New York Times, i-D, GQ and Riposte.
In his most recent series, “e wá wo mi” (come look at me), Ogunbanwo photographs Nigerian brides from Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa-Fulani tribes. Mostly hidden under elaborate headpieces and beaded veils, the brides look mysterious as they are majestic, making for a striking effect.
“This series is my first time using women as subjects,” admitted the photographer. “I am very aware of this as a man, and prefer to engage with this work fully as an outsider. It is important to note that this is an expansion on existing forms of womanhood and femininity, and not a way of defining. I can be inspired by women, and femininity, but I am not seeking to say who has access to this, or what this is.”
Take a look.