Damilare Samuel Adeola is a Visual Artist based in Lagos, Nigeria.
He has taken an interest in Photography for the past five years but only begun to take it seriously 2years ago. In that time, he has done one photo series titled ‘Close Elements’. The theme behind the photo series was to capture the interaction between man and nature; with Elegushi beach as the setting, the series captures children playing with the waves, a woman praying to the waters, a man reflecting on life as well as various metaphorical subjects.
Damilare, likes to capture lines, metaphors, and points of diversions in his various compositions. An astute student of Black and White photography, he his influenced by luminaries like Ralph Gibson, Fernand Fonssagrives, Dorothy De Lange and a host of many others. He’s a fan of works by Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Kadara Enyeasi, Logor Muyiwa and many others.
He derives inspiration from everyday life as well as music, visual art, documentaries, historical fiction & non-fiction, and happenstance.
Damilare’s artistic process can be summed up as clairvoyant, spontaneous, patient and metaphorical. He tries to put this various terminologies in his work, hence he approaches his work from the viewpoint of the subject first then the metaphor emerges then the message is exposed for interpretation.
When not brooding about which subject to capture or story to narrate, he’s busy creating illustrations, product designs, and fiddling with his guitar. And it is this melting pot of various artistic interests (with varying degrees of preference) that further train his eye and other senses like sound, touch, and the sixth sense: feel.