Nigerian photographer is embracing wine Yoruba style

Nigerian photographer is embracing wine Yoruba style

Wrote Helen Jennings, CNN

For his latest project, Nigerian photographer Way Diran looked to his old family photos for inspiration. She often brought with her mothers classic Nigerian ero and buba style (an embroidered skirt and tiled top) – often paired with a gel (head wrap).

“When I was a kid, I was reminded of how good my parents and their friends were,” I reminded him of how appealing and rich this outfit was to me, “via email from where Diran now lives in New York. “The relevance of Euro and Buba doesn’t spread over time, so I came up with this story to enlighten the world with the beauty of my story.”

Before recovering the same wine feeling for “A T De” (“We Came”), he researched more images from Nigeria in the 1990s and 1960s, portraying three women, posing and having a good time. Referring to Nigeria’s second largest ethnic group, he said, “Europeans are known to find any reason to dress up and celebrate. “Tragedy weddings, for example, are an opportunity to wear your best ero and buba, add accessories and show off.”

From Diran’s “A T De” photo series Credit: Way to die

From this optimism to the devastating civil war that followed the independence from Britain in 1960 and the subsequent military coup, the timing of the project was an earthquake and constructive for Nigeria. This was reflected in the cultural landscape of the country and the concepts surrounding clothing. Although Fallen cottage The fierce rebellion and the spread of pan-Africanism spread, the most stylish residents of Lagos blending local fashion with Western silhouettes. It speaks to today’s Nigerian filmmakers, who comment on neo-colonialism and redefine black beauty as they draw on the past. But Ogunbao, Ruth Osai and Diran.
From Diran's series

From Diran’s series “A T De” Credit: Way to die

Diran originally studied business and worked in event production a decade ago before finding his calling as a photographer. He taught himself skills and went on to achieve a minimal yet warm aesthetic, citing renowned West African photographers. JD Okhai Ojaikare, Malik CDB and Sidou Keta As an effect. “These legends illustrate the excellence of their culture. I was inspired by their portrait set design, styling and conceptual style.”
From Diran's series

From Diran’s series “A T De” Credit: Way to die

Oziker’s archive of documented Nigerian women’s intricate hairstyles and headwear is echoed only in “A T De”, published in Diran’s ongoing series “Jelly”, which takes on regular maternity with wide-brimmed headraps, playing the role of their crown. “I started this series in 2017 as a way to explain the symbolic meaning of jils and to express the splendor of African women.”

From Diran's ongoing series

From Deran’s ongoing series “Jelly” Credit: Way to die

Enjoy pictures of Diran’s fashion and art both in Italy and AfroPunk and her work was included in a UN exhibition in 2018. This year her picture “Makub” won a woman’s delicate face and hands with infinitely pastel pink wide, a lensculture exposure award. “Maktab” is an Arabic word meaning ‘it is written’. It is our idea that there is a preconceived notion but we still have to follow it, “he said.

Pictures this year

This year, “Makub” won Diran a Lens Culture Exposure Award. Credit: Way to die

Since it debuted on the World African Media Platform in March Nataal, Diran has received a lot of feedback about “A T De”, and its nostalgic appeal. “The response from Nigerians sitting at home and across the diaspora has been unprecedentedly positive,” he said.

“The people have expressed their pride, inspiration and empowerment in the project.” It relates to Deran’s greater sense of responsibility to create images that speak to a positive, pan-African perspective.

“I want to continue the essence of African or black ideology by breaking down the misconceptions of these cultures,” he said. “I want to be part of a global effort to enlighten culture from a diasporic perspective. And most importantly, the truth that is ignored and often silenced, I think it is our collective responsibility for African photographers to do so.”

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