When it comes to beauty and capturing it’s smile and grace in the form of artistry then there’s no other person that can do that better than Nigerian born Ade Adekola.
Ade Adekola is a conceptual artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was born in Nigeria and raised both there and in the United Kingdom. He graduated in 1992 from the Architectural Association in London specializing in architecture, and design.
Ade uses photography in many of his pieces.
His photography experience spans two decades of experimentation, however the theme of capturing images with an emphasis on looking beyond what the eye would normally see has been a constant.
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If you are an avid rt lover then you will love Ade work. Coming from a graphic design background he is able to capture, form, beauty and structure all at one. Looking at his works, it takes only an artistic mind to appreciate how using juxtapositions and often pairing distant cultural environments.
Adekola creates a dichotomy that makes for visually striking images.
Street environment and architectural landmarks highlight a myriad of global differences and complexities; the resulting work is compelling and pulls the viewer into the image.
Adekola’s works beautifully captures transitory scenes other works of his capture identity, culture and the social zeitgeist of Nigeria and Africa.
“What l, try to do is to change people’s perception about photographs. What inspires me is to offer visual imageries in a way that makes you change your perception. If I make you change your perception, I can make you change the way you behave, the way you see things and the way you understand things”.
He also uses his photography as means advocacy. “If I can make you change the way you behave through the images, hopefully one day, I can encourage people to do something positively to change the world”.
Despite the fact that there are photographs on face-book, newspapers, cell phones, and everybody is familiar with photographs, but Adekola uses modern digital and graphic print to arrest people’s attention to his work of art.
Adekola’s inspiration looks ordinary but unique. “My inspiration comes from what happened in one ideal environment. I use my work to engage people and re-orientate their values for a better society”, he said.
Beyond the inspiration, when you look at his works, you wonder how a trained architect who never went to an art school does better in the arts than trained visual artists, but that’s what you would call a man who is passionate and really loves what he does that it just second nature to him, a feature we mention a lot here on BS Magazine.