Roderick Penn

Slim and Chika

 SPA 2018 Roderick Penn, Slim and Chika, 43 x 64 cm,  £350 framed, £150 unframed, All rights reserved

SPA 2018 Roderick Penn, Slim and Chika, 43 x 64 cm, £350 framed, £150 unframed, All rights reserved

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.