Up & Coming (Azeez Abdul)
Here at Interfit we are always keen to help promote up-and-coming photographers. It’s always great to find out how and why they do what they do! In a series of interviews, we are going to talk to young photographers which are just starting their journey or, are on the cusp of moving to the next stage in the hope to inspire, shed some creative light and showcase new ideas.
Our Third interview is with Azeez Abdul from Nigeria, Azeez came to the UK in 2004 and is based in London. Azeez shoots portrait, beauty and fashion photography.
London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower. It is a place of wonder with every avenue looking different making it a photographers playground.
Julian – “Azeez, Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. What was your first experience with a camera and what made you want to take things further?”
Azeez – “Well my first experience with a camera was in 2016 when I borrowed my niece’s small frame camera (a canon) to shoot flowers on the street. But, taking it further was another matter. I attended a wedding with my uncle who happened to be a photographer when I realised that I love doing portraits. He is actually the one who kept encouraging me to put more effort into it and I started to learn how to shoot.”
Julian – “London is a beautiful place to live in many diffrent ways, What is it that you like about it from a creatives perspective?
Azeez – “You are very right. London is one of the most beautiful places to live in the world, very diverse and full of creative people and various layers of inspiration. What I really enjoy is when you find a good location and you just cannot wait to shoot there. What I normally do is I visit those locations, again and again, to figure how to get the best of it with models.”
Julian – “Is there a particular photographer you would love to work with?”
Azeez – “I have never actually thought about this because I am just doing my own things. But now I have to think about it. I really want to work with Tony and Chelsea since I watched their videos a lot when I was learning about cameras.”
Julian – “When was the last time you shot on a camera that wasn’t digital?”
Azeez – “I don’t think I can truly remember, I think I have never actually shot on non-digital cameras.”
Julian – “What is it that drives you? Where do you take you inspiration from?”
Azeez – “I am like a chameleon; I get inspired by different things because I am surrounded by things which can actually inspire me while some can see it and some the others just don’t see it. Inspiration is in our everyday life.”
Julian – “As a young emerging photographer what you do you do to stand out from the crowd?”
Azeez – “You don’t realise we have lots of photographers out there until you actually start to do the job. But for me one thing I did to make me stand out of it is that, i am very diverse with models, work with all races and all religions. I just want to shoot professionally as a photographer.”
Julian – “London is a vibrant with huge diversity and countless photographic opportunities, do you have favourite areas to shoot?”
Azeez – “London has lots of beautiful places to shoot. I try not to have a particular location in mind because, if I do, it will mean that I will not be able to put my brain to work and get the best out of other amazing locations which are in fact existing around this wonderful city.”
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