Behind my back und weitere Werke von Nana Yaw Oduro

Behind my back, 2019
200 x 300 cm (h x w)
Photography / Pigmentary printing on Baryta paper

Photography and text: Courtesy of Afikaris

The stories his pictures present are composed using a mixture of his personal emotions, evident in the colors of his environment. Like other photographers of his generation such as Marc Posso or Yannis Davy, colors are at the heart of Nana Yaw Oduro’s work. However, whilst these photographers have historically worked with saturated colors, Nana Yaw Oduro uses alternatively tender, pure, or raw colors in his photographs, alongside those captured in black and white. He explains: “I believe you’d agree with me black and white have always had some power and soulful connection to it and sometimes the photo is just perfect in that.” Whether the colors are bold or in shades of grey, the chromatic treatment structures his images and produces a certain softness and harmony between shapes and colors, between man and nature; underpinning the narrative. Thus, there is no predetermined and systematically repeated concept in Nana Yaw Oduro’s work. The photographer creates each of his images based on his sensation. He is free from any constraint and lets his imagination wander, composing with what is in existence around him. His photos are inspired by daily life, a song running through his ears, a horse that crosses his path, or a basket of fruits under his eyes. Creativity has no limit for him. Inspiration is everywhere. Poetry is everywhere.

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other works by Nana Yaw Oduro

Gasp, 2019
50 x 75 cm (h x w)

Happy Eid, 2019
50 x 75 cm (h x w)

Philip, 2019
50 x 75 cm (h x w)

Fruits are for boys, 2019
56 x 75 cm (h x w)

Can’t loose the mind over anyt..., 2019
50 x 75 cm (h x w)


more from We The Cool Magazine

Eli Reed quote
110 x 530 cm (h x w)

40 x 40 inch (h x w)

Long quiet nights, 2019
48 x 42 inch (h x w)
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

African sacrifice (series)
75 x 100 inch (h x w)

The black prayer
40 x 50 inch (h x w)


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