As Seen In The EyeEm Magazine: Mohammed / Nigeria
By Cherrie - 4 min read
Meet Mohammed, one of the five photographers showcased in EyeEm Explore Vol. 1
With 104 glossy pages dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the incredible work of EyeEm photographers, EyeEm Explore: A Collection of Real Photography, Volume 1 is truly a thing of beauty. For five photographers, we took a closer look at the stories behind the photos and honored them with their own multi-page spreads. And now we’re bringing them to EyeEm blog for all to admire!
An urban planning professor moonlighting as a passionate photographer, Mohammedcaptures everyday life in Africa. When he’s not busy breeding quail birds or tending his cucumber garden, the Nigerian nativeis snapping awaywith hisSamsung Galaxy Note 3. We talked to him about the beauty within his home nation and how technology has revived his passion for photography.
Here’s what Mohammedhad to say!
Intensely curious, loves new experiences.Owned a Polaroid in the ‘80s, but smartphone camera revived photographyinterests.
A photographer is a witness of people, culture, places. Photography is an art form once the photo – the product – evokes a certain meaning or feelings. Successful photographers often share that sense with the viewer.
The beautiful journey.
Gembu, on Mambilla plateau of Taraba state in Nigeria. It was an out of the world experience of scary steep driving on a winding road to reach an impossible scenic plateau. But it was worth it. A very cold place in contrast to the heat left behind, climbing into clouds and seeing its beauty below one. A mountainous forest vegetation, exotic plants, tea plantations and diverse group of native dwellers with unique architecture.
I love Nelson Mandela.
The story behind the picture below.
These are women of Madagali trekking to the polling station to vote in Nigeria’s elections. Their story is interesting because they are internally displaced persons, now residing in Yola. The Madagali village and other ones were sacked by the insurgents Boko Haram three hundred kilometres away from where I took this picture, within a university where the poll station is located. Madagali is very close to Chibok (#bringbackourgirls), where Boko Haram has abducted over 200 school girls. Its important to note that these women insisted on voting despite the difficulties they had and trekking more than three kilometres from the gate to reach their destination. Very courageous.
Technology isn’t only for the young.
I took to the social photo revolution to secure my pics, many of which I lost due to computer crashes. I’ve maintained a strong interest in keeping current with scientific and technological breakthroughs. I love new gadgets, particularly high-end mobiles. My love for the Internet is only limited by the poor data reception here. But I’m an active Facebooker, too.
Technology has popularized photography and made it accessible to many. It has democratized it, created participators and spectators. It has also hyped it, made it easy to distort or misrepresent.
The best place in Yola is below the Jimeta bridge. One can watch many scenic activities, like kids swimming in the river, stroll down its banks and eat local food. But the best place to eat is at the Duragi Hotel.
Thanks to Mohammedfor allowing us to feature his work in EyeEm Explore: A Collection of Real Photography, Volume 1, our first full-length magazine. Be sure to follow him at @mahyola.