I first came across this amazing photographer entirely by chance. I was trolling on Instagram, when I saw promo photographs taken of someone I knew. The pictures were high quality with a unique aesthetic. Searching around, as I do, for the man behind camera, I came across the talented photographer that is Noma. After looking at more of his photos I knew I had to interview him. I hope you enjoy the first official interview with #RealTalkwithGeorgie!
Originating from Edo state in Nigeria, life for Noma has “always been neutral.” He tells me that he has “seen enough to make [him] want more and enough to be grateful for what [he] has.”
I know it’s quite early in the interview, but let’s do something fun, a bit of trivia.
Do you think Noma is an introvert or extrovert?
I’m tallying votes…
Well, Noma says “as a kid, [he] wasn't entirely a social lad compared to the other kids. [He] would rather just draw and cut out pictures from magazines and newspapers.”
So those of you that guessed introvert are correct!
All those years of analysing photographs, has certainly translated into the high quality pictures Noma takes with his very unique eye.
Is photography a passion project for Noma, or a full time career? I just had to know! Noma had this to say, “I have always loved art. I basically just splash my interest in any visually artistic projects. I got glued to photography whilst at Redeemer’s University, [Noma has a Mass Communications degree]. I met a photographer who just came to spend a few months in Nigeria, saw his pictures and I said to myself and to pretty much everyone I knew that there was no way I wasn't going to this.” Therefore photography is both a #passionproject and a full time career for Noma.
Irving Penn is one of Noma’s favourite photographers; in fact he is “at the top of the list. [He] loves the sophistication in his fashion photographs.” Drawing from Irving’s inspiration, Noma adds his own personal touch his photographs heavy influenced by Africa. “Africa is a very vibrant and sometimes gritty place. You see saturated colours and interesting gestures everywhere. I just marry these elements with staged actions I also get to see in my environment. These colours and textures also have this aesthetic value most people in Africa don't notice or appreciate. I just love what I have.” He works and draws influence from his surroundings and currently Lagos is providing all the inspiration he needs.
There is always that one photo or project that photographers tend to cling to for various reasons, however for Noma he states that he is “generally attached to all [his] pictures. If [he was] to pick, [he] would say Study 0006 is one of [his] favourites. It was one of those impromtu shoots but yet everything just came together perfectly. The backdrop, the model, prop and the clothing were just the perfect. Oh well! [He] could go on about every picture just the same way.”
Portrait or Landscape photographer? “I enjoy photography in general but I really prefer portraits. I love the personal interaction and physical attributes humans bring to the table. Some humans can be really awesome.”
Looking towards the future, Noma hopes to “engage in something more challenging soon and come out with some really good photos.”
To all the creatives out there, Noma had this to say to you.
“I’m still one of those creatives out there trying to succeed, so I guess keep doing what you know how to do best and get better at it would be the most reasonable advice I can give. At least that is what I'm told by the more experienced creatives.”
Isn’t Noma just amazing my #stars?
Check out more of his work below: