It was Irving Penn who said: “A good photograph is one that communicate a fact, touches the heart,leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”…

Edward Weston also said that he saw no reason for recording the obvious (he was talking about photographs).

Today, drawing inspiration from quotes above, I felt a strong desire to share one of my old photographs called Darkwaters. Darkwaters is an abstract that seeks to summarize the complexities of the problems arising from the discovery and the ‘curse’ of crude oil in Nigeria…

The lives, the blood, the greed, the poverty, the hatred, the destitution, the ‘riches’, the struggle, the fears…

The waters have darkened… The bloods are black…

I’ll quote some lines from Daktari’s poem, H-matrix:

Crude makes unclean black from live green…I’m not instigating a violent revolution… But this institution needs relevent evolution!…

So, here is Darkwaters… what does it mean to you?





Let me also use this medium to express my sincere appreciation to you all for the warm birthday wishes and prayers. May your joys know no boundaries. Amen.

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18 thoughts on “Darkwaters

    • @Pelman, blood diamonds hmmm… nice to have you around, sorry bout the late reply. How you doing man?
      Thanks man 🙂

  1. lol@ just doyin. it seems like that to me too.

    hmmm interesting, this abstract tough o.

    The waters have darkened. The bloods are black.. i will add you list, it signifies sorrow, pain, suffereing…..

  2. Nice photograph. Can’t believe you took it yourself. Like BSNC said it signifies sorrow and pain. I think it is also a reminder that even something useful can be dangerous.

    • Thanks a lot Tairebabs, gr8 words you said.. useful things could be dangerous.. true talk..
      Thanks for the comment. Cheers 🙂

  3. deep, deep….are you going psychological on me? First thing that comes to mnd is water drop on a surface, preferable a body. However, to think deep, I would think of it as two things that dont mix or insoluble.

    crude oil….is that same crude oil thats kiling naija delta

    • Ahh Naijagirl, I din’t mean to be a shrink! LOL… things that don’t mix don’t stick!! 😀
      Infact, it’s killing the whole of Nigeria… How you doing?

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