We are talking to the photographers behind Drop Your Drink. Next up in the series is our Photographic Editor, Deji Dada.

DYD: You have such an expansive portfolio which includes analogue portraits and concert photography. How did you start your photographic journey and what made you focus on those genres of photography?
Deji: It all started when I found a love for notifications, ha ha. There’s nothing better than (okay, there are many things) finding a notification that your friend has made your photo their profile picture. I just love taking pictures. Carrying around a camera has become a necessity for me.

DYD: Who are you as a photographer and how would you describe your style?
Deji: I don’t like to consider myself as a photographer due to the stigma attached to it. I generally call myself a ‘photo-taker’. In terms of my style, I don’t think I can really define mine, if anything, my style pertains to my mood. If I want to take photos, I do. If I don’t, I attempt to take photos but I tend to dislike what comes out of it.

DYD: We’ve seen a big focus on analogue photography in your work. What differentiates you from other photographers shooting in film?
Deji: I would like to say that shooting film increases the difficulty of photography, mostly in terms of time. Because of film, I’ve learned to be patient and precise with regard to whatever I shoot. What differentiates me from other film photographers is that I enjoy adding a bit of spontaneity to my photography.

DYD: On that note, why do you shoot film?
Deji: I love film photography. R.I.P. to DSLRs. I find it exciting to put an idea on a roll and have to wait until it gets developed to see how the idea actually comes out. This added time is what I like to think of as the ‘green light’ across the lake.

DYD: You’ve done some incredible multiple exposure photos. What process do you follow to create some of those photos?
Deji: The process is simple. I like to infuse the environment that surrounds me to create an atmosphere or story in the picture.

DYD: What gear have you relied on during your progression as a photographer?
Deji: My first camera was a Sony Cybershot, that belonged to my mother, which my sister and I used to bounce between each other. I then moved on to a little compact SLR, an Olympus E-PL1.
This was followed by a Canon Rebel T2i. I now shoot with a Canon EOS 300 and a Voigtlander Vitoret DR.

DYD: Can you tell us about any great moments you’ve had as a photographer?
Deji: Getting to meet one of my all-time favorite photographers, Erez Avissar a.k.a Rezzie. To add to that, hearing that people know who I am because of my work is also quite amazing.

DYD: In your opinion, what makes a great photographer?
Deji: Understanding what you’re shooting, why you’re shooting it and being able to get people to see exactly what you see.

DYD: Which local and international photographers inspire you?
Deji: Savannah Van der Niet, Cary Fagan, Dennis Auburn, Yetunde Dada and as mentioned, Erez Avissar.

DYD: Where can we find more of your work?
Deji: You can find my work on:
– Tumblr: http://dejidadaphotography.tumblr.com
– Facebook: http://facebook.com/dejidadaphotography
– Instagram: http://instagram.com/dej_dada

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