People get into different careers for different reasons. Some start to do something because they have the natural flair for it, some because it’s something they are passionate about and some people get into some fields because life threw it at them. Photography is one field that seems to be getting brother and gaining more respect these days and political photography was not given much attention until recently.
Bayo Omoboriowo is a name that a lot of people are familiar with as he became famous for being the official photographer to the president, Muhammadu Buhari. At his book reading, he shares the story of his journey into political photography and as most people will think that it was through one connection or the other, that is truly not the case.
On how he got into political photography, he said;
“Every time I held a copy of a newspaper and I looked at it, I used to go to newspaper stands, not necessarily buying any, I will just stand and stare at the pages. The pictures on the front pages were awful. You see overexposed pictures and it was horrible to look at. I always compared it to what we see in foreign newspapers and magazines like New York Times and they always had interesting pictures. I continuously asked myself, why are our Nigerian newspaper pictures like this? It was a challenge in my mind to say most of the successful, brilliant and excellent Nigerian photographers are either wedding and events photographers or portrait photographers. Very few Nigerians delve into photography are photo journalism unlike abroad where most of the very good photographers are photojournalists as journalism is a big deal abroad. So I said to myself, I am a brilliant photographer, why can’t I just use my skills to proffer solutions. For me, it was more about solutions and not about attention. I really didn’t think anybody was going to give me as much attention as I’m getting now. That’s when I developed my interest in people like Sunday Alamba, Adulfus Opara, George Osodi and the like, I started paying attention to them. I loved the way they did they work, you will see the story. Like the Niger-Delta story, you see the oil and everything. It was very interesting to me, I loved it and I realised that is what I wanted”.