Interview with Photographer
Afolabi Mosuro

Black Messiah

Production House: CLIQUE
Photographer: Afolabi Mosuro
Model: Denola Grey
Editor: Samuel Sowunmi
Studio: Studio Fresco


I - Could you tell us about how you became involved with Photography and realised you wanted to be a Photographer?

A - From a very young age, I have always been interested in the Arts (dance, drama, music, painting and so on) and became involved with Photography because my dad had a camera that I would frequently fiddle with. I realised I wanted to be a Photographer during my sophomore year of college after taking a few graduation pictures.

I - Do you think that photography has changed you in any way? What do you love most about Photography?

A - Yes, it definitely has; it’s made me more disciplined and focused in a sense. It’s also given me the opportunity to grow as a person.
Tough one, but I’d say what I love the most is the ability to freeze time.

I - Do you have any favourite pieces of equipment you couldn’t live without?

A - I can’t live without my 1.8 85mm prime lens and my 2.8 70-200mm zoom lens. These are pretty much all I use to shoot.

I - Could you tell us a little bit about the concept behind your editorials we featured?

A - Yes.
I was in Lagos, Nigeria in January 2020 and my best friend, Denola Grey, asked me to take pictures of him at Studio Fresco. We always create great images (props to him for being a great model). He reached out knowing he needed new content for his social media feed and also to push me, knowing I was in a “funk”. He had a white tuxedo that he’d worn for his friend Bidemi’s wedding and thought it’d be a great idea to mix the tuxedo with his silk shirt from Kai Collective (a luxury aesthetics and attainable clothing brand by Fisayo Longe). He’s a fashion enthusiast, so I always trust his ideas in that department. That’s how BLACK MESSIAH came about


I - If you had unlimited resources, who and what would you photograph?

A- I will always take pictures of people. I have a crazy dream of taking a portrait of everyone in the world. Wild, I know. I wouldn’t mind taking portraits of Obama.He seems like he’ll be a fun, cool guy to work with.

I - How do you keep yourself motivated when it comes to creating your editorials?

A - I look at other Photographer’s works; flipping through physical magazines and scrolling through pictures online. I also get motivated from scenes in movies and cartoons.


I - What is the impression you want viewers to get from your work?

A - I want viewers to see authenticity, creativity and  simplicity in my editorial work. For general portrait work, I want viewers to feel they can be as comfortable in front of me/my camera as represented in any picture they are viewing. I want viewers to understand the personality of the model/person in my pictures and desire that I take an accurate representation of their personality with my camera.

I - Do you have any tips for photographers/creatives at the start of their journey?

A - Take pictures of any and everything that interests you. People, objects, landscape, plants, flowers, and so on. This helps you to find what you’re really interested in photographing.
Also, don’t spend a lot of money on the best camera and camera equipment. You can achieve the same results with a $200 or a $7,000 camera. It’s not the gear that makes the picture, it’s the photographer's understanding of the craft  that is most important.

I - Thank you for featuring within INTRA, where could viewers find more information about you and connect with your work?

A - Thank you for reaching and having me. Currently working on building my personal website but you can find me and my partners (along with a few other photographers) work on CLIQUE’s Instagram page: @createdbyclique
CLIQUE is our creative production house; you can also see other projects we have worked on outside of Photography:  createdbyclique.com.