Wonuola Lawal is a photographer born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her love of photography started off as a hobby where she would capture things in her environment for fun but it has progressed overtime to something she takes seriously. She takes pictures at events for family and friends and for fashion brands and websites. She also writes in her spare time.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I would refer to my style as street photography. I love to capture the things going on around me especially while I’m in Lagos, Nigeria because there are a million things going on at once and it is such a colourful city that I cannot help taking a picture every minute.
However, I tend to take portraits of people and try other styles of photography when I’m abroad.
Can you share the backstories behind these two photos?
I recently started this series called The Displacement Series on my photography page on Instagram. The idea came to me about four months ago when I started a photography class in school. As I mentioned before, I love taking pictures of the things around me when I’m in Nigeria and I tried to do the same while I was abroad but I didn’t have the same satisfaction with my pictures as I did with the former.
So I thought it would be a good idea to combine the pictures I’d taken in Nigeria with the pictures I’d taken in other parts of the world in other to create another story. At first it was just an idea, as I didn’t know how to go about it but we were taught how to use Photoshop in class and I ended up trying out the idea for my final project and doing extremely well.
That is how this project came about and I love the feedback it has gotten so far.
What are your dreams as a photographer?
To further improve my skills and to continue creating work that give me as much satisfaction and happiness as my previous projects have given me.
The “Snapshot” series are mini interviews with fellow black travel photographers to inspire others and myself. As I’ve navigated the world of travel photography over the last few years, I’ve found very few fellow photographers of color who are also doing this professionally with a heavy focus on travel documentary. So this inspirational resource of professional travel photographers of color is a way for people to always find us. Please get in touch if you’d like to be featured or know of others to feature.