The former president of Nigeria, H.E Olusegun Obasanjo celebrated his 80th birthday recently and has been excusively featured in ‘This Day Style Magazine’.
Shoots for the magazine was taken by celebrated photographer, Ty Bello who shared and insightful story on her instagram page on how it all began.
OLUSEGUN OBASANJO : GOLDEN
About 13 years ago I asked an assistant to help me source a gold velvet fabric for backdrop for my portraits .It was meant to be large and in the tone of gold …rich.. like the highlight on a very dark persons skin…He didn’t nearly find what I wanted.
He however came back with a small sized unimpressed ash colored fabric that looked really old.. I was disappointed .
It didn’t occur to me that he just handed me gold .. real gold.. that boring piece of fabric became my favorite backdrop . I went on to photograph 3 Nigerian presidents against it. It was also the best shade for post production . It was light enough to compliment most skin tones ., yet dark enough to be augmented in post production.
In this portrait my ash colored backdrop was brushed to a rich gold to compliment Baba’s aso oke.
Sometimes we don’t find exactly what we are looking for. .. but we must learn to appreciate what we have been handed … it may just be golden
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Photo Credit: Instagram – tybello