At age 17, David Uzochukwu is taking the photography world by storm. When David was 10-years-old he caught the photography bug and hasn’t stopped since. His work has been featured in Okayafrica, BLINK magazine, Vogue.it, among many others. David was also featured on Flickr’s 20under20 list in 2014. He is definitely someone to keep your eye on has he continues to develop his unique voice in the world of Photography.
- 1. Tell us about your background and how you got into photography.
I’m seventeen and currently in my last year of high school. I was born in Austria, but my family moved to Luxembourg when I was six, and we moved to Belgium two years ago. There are no artists in my family or anyone who passed the photography bug down to me, I was just hooked the first time I picked up a camera. I’ve moved on from documenting the world around me to something more introspective, in the meantime.
2. Some of your photographs give off the feeling of loneliness, isolation, and pain, is there a hidden message you are trying to portray?
There’s not a hidden message per se, they’re honest works about what moves me. I like to think my work is like a journal, it shows whatever I need to get off my chest.
3. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From pure emotion and vulnerability. From everything that makes people feel alive.
4. Self portraits seem to be a reoccurring theme, why is this something you continue to explore throughout your work?
It’s just very practical – I don’t have to organize anyone else as subject, don’t have to try to explain my idea or put my feelings into words either, and I can be alone when I create.
5. At 17-years-old, when people are trying to figure out who they are and what their place is in the world, how has photography helped you navigate through your teenage years?
I’ve always had something that was mine, a safe space maybe. I could pour everything I had into photography, and allow myself to reflect on anything that troubled me in a very productive and satisfying way. Others got a better idea of who I am, I befriended incredible people that I look up to thanks to photography.
6. What are your future goals with photography? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Surrounded by a bunch of creative people, making work I like, being happy. I’m not going to narrow myself down too much. I’d love to be collaborating with other artists though.
7. How do you feel about photo sharing social media platforms, like instagram? Do you feel like the art form has been taken out of photography?
Without these platforms, I wouldn’t be making images! I think they’re full of opportunities, artists get to be more independent with the large audience social media offers them. Photography’s never just been an art form, if anything I think that it get’s easier to become an artist if the medium is more accessible.
8. What camera do you shoot on? Do you prefer film or digital? How much photoshop goes into the final photograph?
A digital full frame, the Canon 5D Mark II, and an analog medium format, the Mamiya RB67. Both have their perks, I usually shoot digital though – making self portraits is hard if I can’t immediately see what a picture looks like. The amount of editing varies. Sometimes the image is finished after five minutes, sometimes I’ll revisit it over the space of two or three days.
9. What would your advice be to aspiring photographers?
Shoot a lot. Don’t worry about anyone else.
10. Who is your dream person to photograph?
I have literally dreamt of making Lorde’s portrait before! I’m so in love with her music.
- 11. Where can people see your work? Are any of your photographs available for purchase? Do you plan on having a showing anytime soon?
On my website (daviduzochukwu.com) and Instagram (@daviduzochukwu). I sell prints of all my photographs, just shoot me an email! My work is going to be part of a group show at Never Apart in Montreal mid-April, a couple of friends will display with me.