Jolade Olusanya at The Photography Show
Our first creator to showcase their talent this weekend was Jolade Olusanya – freelance filmmaker and self-taught photographer and poet. Based in East London, he brings uninterrupted and unscripted moments to his work with his documentary based style and hopes to bring a fresh perspective. Here’s what he had to say about his experience with the KODAK EKTRA Smartphone.
Where does your passion come from?
My passion is basically telling stories. I like to document people as they are and being behind the scenes to find the truth. I think that honest storytelling is the only way to make me feel that I’ve done good work.
Any stand out inspirations that have helped shape your style /approach? What was your main inspiration for this piece?
Looking at the real stories as they are is where I find my real inspiration. My real influences are those people that you follow on Instagram and you don’t even know their real names because they’re not big names. But they just make me feel something. And then I decide that that is what I want to work on.
The world is awash with still and video images, what tends to catch your eye and make you take a closer look?
In this very vast world there is a minority of people who show the world as it is. And that’s exactly why they inspire me.
How did you find the Kodak Ektra? Any favourite mode on the camera?
First of all, I haven’t seen a smartphone that has the double function. That was the first good impression in the sense that it is giving me a choice. I found it really interesting, especially for its white balance, ISO and shutter speed. It made it flexible. It made me feel that I could build my pictures manually and edit then in my own way instead of leaving the camera to create in its own way.
Also the weight helped quite a lot, it’s a really light phone. I felt that I could do everything that I wanted to do in the way that you can put it in your pocket, you can take it out at any moment. So it was really easy to capture any moment I wanted. People feel comfortable rather than having a huge lens. It was just easy to be in the moment.
Today I was invited by Kodak to The Photography Show in Birmingham to speak about C.R.E.A.M, an idea of mine they commissioned me to create. It's a story many of us live, when we are stereotyped to the point that the truth of our lives is almost unbelievable. It's the story of my good friend Nezyah and his cheesecake business but ultimately, it's the story of many of us self-starters who; like Nezyah, are finding our way through life the best we can with the cards we've been dealt. I'm also taking over their Instagram page today: @KodakPhones so yeah, come check it out. Full story will be released soon. 🌍 #KodakEktra #theworldisyours #streetphotography #kodak #artofvisuals #mightykillers #vscocam #vsco #sxwks
Check out his piece ‘Cheesecake Rules Everything Around Me’ and take a look at his Instagram feed @joladeo.