Yetunde Dada is a mechanical engineer and photographer based in Pretoria, South Africa. In addition to travel photography, she is primarily a music photographer which, according to Dada, is an unusual photography genre for an African woman but she loves the music scene.
I think there is something incredible about capturing the moments at music festivals and concerts. There is drama on stage and a love story to be told from the audience’s perspective…Yetunde Dada
Some of her photography have been finalists in the NME Photo Awards competition and the Nokia Decisive Moment brief in the D&AD New Blood Awards. She is also the editor of a Pretoria-based blog called Drop Your Drink and works with 10 photographers and writers to cover a range of topics that include music, photography and fashion in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I am a moment photographer and I’m always on the lookout for stories. There is definitely a photojournalistic element to my work because I shoot fast scenes in concert and street photography.
Can you share the backstories behind these two photos?
2015 has been a great travelling year. The two images are spaced months apart and show my current location, Berlin in Germany, and a view of Johannesburg in South Africa. The image taken in Berlin is of the Reichstag Building. I loved the way the lines, light and people came together to form the image.
The view of Johannesburg was taken at the Carlton Centre, Africa’s tallest skyscraper. I like that the view provides an infinite view of one of Africa’s biggest cities.
What are your dreams as a photographer?
I see an industry dominated by white males as a music photographer. I’d like to be able to inspire a generation of African female music photographers to have their views seen.
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.