Adeolu Osibodu is a self-taught photographer/photo artist born 1997 in Lagos, Nigeria.
“The idea of photography caught my eye because I didn't have to say anything to express myself. In other words, I never had to explain myself.
I never question my thoughts. I just document them with my camera and then If I’m lucky, I get to understand later in future.
I’m inspired by everything I see, hear and feel.
My work has shown in France, Germany and the UAE.
In 2017, I was privileged to receive the Eyeem Portraitist award in Berlin for an image from my project “Losing Amos”. My work has also received recognition/publication from; Ignant, Adobe Photoshop, Gup Magazine, Flickr, Blur Magazine, Kwerfeldein, CNN and more.”
My Grandfather, Pa Amos Olufemi Adelaja died late 2014. It was until about then I realized howcasual my idea of him was. I constantly asked myself why I couldn’t see beyond his heavy grins. Why I couldn’t define him as more than the man who was never not glad. Was that all there was or did I just completely miss the point of having people before me? Was there a chance wecould have been a lot closer and then maybe I’ll have inherited his hunting rifle? These werethe unsettling thoughts that meddled with my conscience. Not the phase of losing someone but that of losing them with not all your heart.
Here are self-portraits in which I am contained by Aso-Oke attires he owned at certain dated times in his life. Maybe this is inspired by an urge to find consolation or my intimate affectionfor a time before or me just being “Adeolu”. Regardless, I’m forever glad I happen to findmyself in this state. My Grandfather is from Ilisan-Remo, Ijebu. Our hometown, where he and Mama also raised my mum and her siblings.