Part of our mission at #VisualsByC is to help photographers build a learning community together; improve their skills and art form as individuals. Here, we feature photographers from our community who have achieved Guru status and have established their own unique and admirable style of photography. We aim to shine a spotlight on these photographers and their work, motivate aspiring photographers, and get to know the people behind the lens a little bit better.
In this edition, we meet Okpere I. Charles and his simple style of picturing in Black and White.
My name is Charles, I’m from Nigeria
If not a full-time photographer, what is your current occupation?
I love soft tones in Black and White. I have tried to edit in strong colors, but I do not feel comfortable with it. I almost always fall back to natural tones. I love getting a feeling, a moment or a story, often with my friends and animals. Sometimes I just take the moment with luck, but sometimes I also arrange an idea that I get and bring it into complex imagery
What inspires you as a photographer – what makes you click?
The moment when something feels so good in my heart. When my partners are unusually true to each other, or when moments just pops up from the blues… when it feels like “I need to remember that – forever”.
If I do not have a camera with me when such an opportunity is given, then I will be really sad – that’s why I almost always have my camera with me.
How and when did you get started on your photography journey?
I bought a Canon EOS series, a very simple camera and I started to photograph EVERYTHING. Animals, children, flowers. I loved it, it was so fun to create my own pictures. Then I started learning Photoshop, and a new world opened.
What’s your go-to camera and favorite camera accessory?
Unfortunately, I have a heavy camera, I use a Canon EOS Series and my dream lens Nikon/Sony 70-200 mm f2,8. It weighs a lot, but the results make it worth the weight, and I use it almost but I do really wanna owe one.