The 2018 event showcased the Spring/Summer 2019 collections of over 50 designers in four days. However, the show was also a platform for a number of other activities, such as networking, forums and the Canon sponsored Visual Makers Fellowship, which held photography workshops during the event. Participants in the VMF were selected through by scouts, who toured across Nigeria looking for the very best raw talent to take part in an intensive week of learning, practical assignments and critiques.
In the end, ten up and coming photographers were selected and took part in three solid days of learning – theory and practical sessions on how to shoot the catwalk, backstage and for lookbooks. This was followed by three crazy days of shooting live shows and backstage at Lagos Fashion Week, covering some of the top designers in Nigeria. The final day was a critique, edit and portfolio building session, which gives the students a professionally presented rounded body of work to take away and use to support their future photography careers.
One of these hungry young imagemakers was 22-year-old Humphrey Ominisan, who has only been a photographer since 2016 and was one of only ten new talents who had the golden opportunity to capture the catwalk of LFW. Here, he shares his experience and favourite shots from the show.
“Every show comes with a unique vibe,” says Humphrey. “From the venue design, the backstage, the runway, choice of models, designers and their pieces, and of course the attendees, who come dressed in style and picture-ready.”
“Here we captured the process, the designer’s clothes, makeup, hair and models in all types of moods. It was quite intense.
We witnessed everything and captured in detail whatever task we were assigned by our instructors. They taught us to pay attention to details and shoot quick because moments can easily slip by and because it is an event, the moment can never be recreated.”
“This is the place where all the elements of the show come together. Clothes, makeup, accessories… all presented by the models who give their best walks. On the part of the models, there were fierce walks and rehearsed presentations where they gave their best, but there were also trips and slips and funny walking from having a bad pair of heels!
Sometimes some of the other photographers next to us would make funny comments – Nigerians are quite savage, to be honest – but they still showed appreciation when they saw models that walk well, because these models help us to take breath-taking photos.”
“My favourite shot is the one above from TTYA London's collection, it was just like all the forces of Lagos Fashion Week aligned to make this image happen. The model's strut was perfect, especially when her right foot touched down. The TTYA piece she wore, how it was styled, how it moved with her, her expression – everything was just perfect! It was tough picking a favourite, but this image is one so dear to my heart.”
“This experience was super exciting and gave me a lot of insight into the minds of some of my favourite designers. Some of the presentations had the ability to draw attention not just to the designs, but the experiences and stories that inspired them.
It was also great for networking, I met with one of my favourite photographers of all time, Trevor Stuurman, who was covering a report for British Vogue. He was happy to share some knowledge and we had a good chat – I also got his contact. He called me ‘Brother’, which made me wish we were truly related! I do hope to be like him one day, with a lot of achievements and work in my portfolio.
Thanks to Canon for putting this together and our instructors who imparted knowledge in us. This will surely help push our careers further. Truly, this was an experience and I'm glad I was part of it."