[Photographer] Logor Oluwamuyiwa

Photographer profile - Logor Oluwamuyiwa

Logor Oluwamuyiwa is a Nigerian photographer/filmmaker & art director based in Lagos. He predominantly works with Black & White Photography through a conceptual and documentary style. His aim through the photography is to train his eye and the camera, as an observer of a “human carnival” through what may be looked at as a “banal narrative” to make the audience connect with the photographs so they can resonate to it.

As part of Bridged Narratives, his recent major work, digital archives “Monochrome Lagos” displays a unique reflection of Lagos “an expose of its idiosyncrasies and aesthetics” in which Logor strips the city of its most recognizable feature, its colors, in order to bring the focus on the beauty of its forms, lines, patterns and textures. Logor also manages to isolate the subjects into their own thoughts with serenity and loneliness even though they are in the middle of one of the busiest towns in the world.

The photo of the man sitting under the bridge is a clear example of that. That bridge is always busy with road traffic and people’s interactions. However, someone managed to find his way out of the business of the streets to sit, and read, peacefully, away from the noise and as always, stripped away from its colours.

Monochrome Lagos is a huge project of digital archives that has been going on for 4 years already. Logor has been going around the city of Lagos everyday, taking photos in order to document the city life as it has never been documented before with hundreds of photos.

His work started to be noticed mainly on a Tumblr blog where he started catching the interest of a great audience to then open an instagram, as he needed a platform to publish the enormous amount of photographs he has been taking.

The nature of Monochrome Lagos gives a certain freedom to the curator to understand and display it in various ways. Indeed, the blend of the elements such as the lines, patterns, forms & portraits that the artist manages to picture, denote and count allows a multitude of differing orders and dimensions of display: from a tumblr, instagram, slides, digital photobook to walls. From walls with few photographs & written poetry or on easels but also on walls entirely filled with prints. Logor’s work is striking for its powerfulness within the embedment of each of the photographs next to each other and for the beauty that he renders to the city of Lagos.

In addition, Monochrome Lagos also allows the curator to view the photos separately or as whole. The photographs may be studied individually or as a collective as there are diverse ways of seeing, observing and curating. The same as for the perception of Lagos through Logor’s photographic work: you may decide to perceive the city as whole as well as separate parts, details. Through the curating of the digital archives you can choose for yourself how to look at it – with a more global or specific approach.

Logor’s ultimate goal with Monochrome Lagos is to create a major shift in the perception of Lagos, to allow a different appreciation of the city and encourage a “conscious observation” of a life in a fast moving world. All these lines, patterns, forms & portraits are features of Lagos to which people don’t pay much attention. All the attention is usually focused on the busy life as well as the colours, however the lines, forms, patterns & portraits do also exist, and also represent what Lagos is.

The curating of the archives is already a huge step ahead for the young photographer as it is something that has never been done in this particular way.

Another interesting aspect of his work is the poetry that he adds to it, or the other way around: the poetry that he writes to then choose the photo that speaks along the lines of his verses.

Finally, Logor has launched the digital photobook of Monochrome Lagos for the 4th anniversary of the archive project, which adds to the artistic conversation with numerous writing contributions from people about Lagos, or Monochrome Lagos.

Lisa Aïssaoui