TY Bello, a Nigerian celebrity photographer and singer, has released photos of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The photos were taken for ThisDay Style to mark the Ogun-born chief’s 80th birthday.
TY Bello shared the photos on her Instagram page showing the politician, who has admitted to not knowing his exact birth date, in splendid red and in white for one of them.
OLUSEGUN OBASANJO : GOLDEN About 13 years ago I asked an assistant to help me source a gold velvet fabric for backdrop for my portraits .It was meant to be large and in the tone of gold …rich.. like the highlight on a very dark persons skin…He didn’t nearly find what I wanted. He however came back with a small sized unimpressed ash colored fabric that looked really old.. I was disappointed . It didn’t occur to me that he just handed me gold .. real gold.. that boring piece of fabric became my favorite backdrop . I went on to photograph 3 Nigerian presidents against it. It was also the best shade for post production . It was light enough to compliment most skin tones ., yet dark enough to be augmented in post production. In this portrait my ash colored backdrop was brushed to a rich gold to compliment Baba’s aso oke. Sometimes we don’t find exactly what we are looking for. .. but we must learn to appreciate what we have been handed … it may just be golden #tybellophotography #photostories #obasanjo at 80 for @thisdaystyle