ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: CIAN OBA-SMITH

Artist Spotlight: Cian Oba-Smith
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: CIAN OBA-SMITH



Written by James Ratcliffe
24 Monday 24th March 2014

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During my a-levels my tutor introduced me to street photography which is when I developed a passion for taking pictures, this started to take over and eventually became my main creative outlet. Over time I’ve moved from street photography towards documentary portraiture, although I still enjoy street photography on a personal level, the majority of my project work is based around taking pictures of people and communicating a story.

A lot of my project work is very personal to me so a lot of my inspiration comes from personal experience and is informed by my relationships with the people who are close to me. In terms of who inspires me within the world of photography I would say contemporary photographers such as Matt Stuart, Bryan Schutmaat, Pieter Hugo, Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Rinko Kawauchi, Spencer Murphy, Ben Huff. and masters such as Malick Sidibe, Henri Cartier Bresson, William Eggleston, Saul Leiter, Weegee, Don McCullin, William Klein, August Sander, Joel Meyerowitz and Seydou Keita to name but a few.

I see myself producing advertising photography as a means to fund my personal projects along side shooting editorial for newspapers and magazines because I find editorial a lot more creatively fulfilling than commercial photography. Ultimately my goal is to produce work that I find interesting and hopefully other people will engage with it too. 

web: www.cianobasmith.co.uk
blog: cianphoto.tumblr.com


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