Slim and Chika
I am a self-taught professional photographer based in Edinburgh. My main photographic interest has always been portraits, especially of those involved in some element of art and performance. I take inspiration from the great portrait photographers, but also from classic portrait painters and their use of light and shadow. This image was shot in a building under construction in Lagos, Nigeria. It is a portrait of two friends who are professional dancers, Chibuzo Slim Ikonta and Chika Hale. They are inspiring people who forge a tough living in a struggling economy, by performing and teaching many styles of dance.