by Layeni Kamal
NASO I SEE MYSELF O IS THE PIDGIN TERM FOR “THIS IS WHERE I FIND MYSELF”. THIS IS A POPULAR EXPRESSION WHERE I’M FROM. WHERE WE FIND OURSELF IS THE REALITY OF WHERE WE ARE. BUT THEN, WHAT IS REALITY?
REALITY IS BASED ON PERCEPTION.
WHAT IS PERCEPTION?
PERCEPTION IS BASICALLY OBSERVATION FROM A SUBJECTIVE POINT OF VIEW.
THIS PHOTO COLLECTION, WHERE WE FIND OURSELF, IS ABOUT THE PHENOMENON OF STREET HAWKING IN LAGOS TRAFFIC.
THIS IS WHERE WE FIND OURSELF – I, THE PHOTOGRAPHER, YOU OBSERVING THESE IMAGES, AND THE PEOPLE FROZEN WITHIN THESE IMAGES.
THESE PEOPLE, WHO FIND THEMSELF HAWKING HERE IN THE LAGOS TRAFFIC, PACING FROM CAR TO CAR, DOING SO WITH DREAMS OF A BETTER LIFE WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY TRYING TO SELL WHATEVER THEY CAN JUST TO GET BY.
One of my favorites from the collection. The razor-edged look on her face shows how alert she is. She knows the cars are going to move at anytime and there’s no second to waste.Lady Selling Drink
You don’t notice it and then you do. yes! the juxtaposition between the boys hands and his face.Kid Selling Nuts
A man selling a bird in traffic was so distracting that i never noticed the scrawny kid in the background staring at the mallMan Selling Bird
Even though the man is selling wall clocks, I think its a funny joke that you can buy time in Lagos trafficMan Selling Clocks
a little note before you leave: I really hope that you take out time to consume this project, there is a lot you would miss if you just scroll trough. Hope you enjoy these images and they inspire you as much as they have inspired me.