Interview with Ibom Christmas Village Photographer, DeBoss

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For some, photography is just a means to an end. However, for Okon Idiok aka Deboss, his inspiration comes from the environment, people, and the current mood he finds himself in.

Having picked up the camera at the age of 9 years, this rising photographer has certainly made a name for himself. His imagery departs from that of the usual, focusing more on the powerful aspects surrounding his environment. From personalities to events, this month we had the opportunity to chat with him to discover what makes his mind tick and the aspects of life that keep his creativity flowing.

Okon Idiok aka Deboss

Why do you take photos? What inspires you?

I’m always inspired by the environment, people, and current mood I find myself in.

Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?

Great photographers like TY Bello, Chidi Amanda, Image Faculty, CN Studios, etc. Their skillful expression of emotion, perspective, image composition, and editing has helped me grow thus far in this competitive Industry.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

I wish I knew the basic rules of Photography which is what helps you take creative and storytelling shots. When I started at the age 9, I would have continued from that age to this my present age and that would have made me a world-leading Cinematographer by now.

Which of your photographs are you most proud of?

My best moments in this career are the pictures I’ve just taken in this ongoing Ibom Christmas Celebration 2021. I’ll like to say that my zeal to take amazing photo/video content pushed me into taking courses at the Department of Fine and Industrial Arts which has helped enhance my perception and articulated the way I see and take content.

What do you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?

In all I do as a documentary Cinematographer over the years is to tell creative professional stories with my short clips or Photo footage. I always get involved in projects and events most time not on pay just to gain more experience, get first-hand footages be it photo or video as well as get to know the road map to the site or location.

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