I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange
– Dale Cooper
A recent graduate of London College of Fashion, Richard discovered the booming sartorial scene in Lagos around a year ago. “That’s how the project came about,” he describes, “I started to discover the Lagos-based contemporary fashion designers, and I found their work very exciting, distinctive and fresh.” With the aim of showcasing this emerging scene to the rest of the world, Richard got in contact with a host of local designers, stylists and creatives. “They seemed interested in the project, so I flew over and spent a month there,” Richard explains.
I Will See You in My Dreams combines a series of shoots, all taken at under the cloak of darkness. “I did a few experimental night shoots during my studies and I really enjoyed them, something about shooting in the darkness is very exciting,” he says. The resulting images see Richard playing around with coloured gels, LED lights, torches, flashes and various light modifiers to produce a series of dramatic and striking images. Taken largely on the city’s beaches, the photographs are “mysterious, dark, high-contrast, dream-like, grainy and blurry,” all of which are aesthetic markers the photographer is keen to explore further in his work.
Text by Ruby Boddington – Read more on It's Nice That