A MAKER PODCAST exclusive interview with nineteen-year-old Austro-Nigerian, polyglot, autodidact photographer, David Uzochukwu
"The resilience of our people... the eternal fight in us inspired the photograph... it's a quiet self-portrait."
At AKAA, (Also Known As Africa) 2017, I was struck by the fact that I was standing in the presence of a true artist, an authentically gifted soul who allows the images to channel through him and come into the universe on their own terms.
David’s work is crisp, intelligent, modern and dense without being heavy. His images are dreamscapes full of the open-minded, youthful energy which is beautifully typical of the Millennial Generation.
When I met David Uzochukwu at AKAA, I was standing in front of his 2015 photograph entitled, Wildfire. Without knowing David was the author of the image, I leaned over in that casually-talking-to-strangers-in-an-art-gallery-way and said, “This photograph is amazing!”, David said, “Thank you.”
I turned fully to face this tall, handsome, soft-spoken young man and said, “Are you the photographer?” He said, “Indeed, I am.”
Again, I looked at the photograph then looked back at David, then back at the photograph. As I was in shock at the profundity of Wildfire, I said, “David, may I ask, what is your age?” “Eighteen.” He said. “Eighteen?” I repeated. “Eighteen,” he said and smiled a gentle/humble smile.
Here was a young man merely in his eighteenth spring yet already in possession of his full measure of potentiality.
Wildfire is a portrait of a young woman of African descent whose hair is made of smoke. Before listening to the podcast, I encourage you to spend some time with the photograph (see below) in order to give yourself an opportunity to interpret, “read”, the photograph before hearing David give the photograph’s backstory.
David taught himself photography by watching videos on YouTube. He speaks four languages: German (his mother tongue), English, French, Luxembourgish and “a little bit of Spanish.”
Wth his gentle, intelligent demeanor and delicate approach to crafting images, David is truly inspiring. David is now nineteen. Please keep this young man on your radar.
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