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Meet Oghalé Alex

Today we’d like to introduce you to Oghalé Alex.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My name is Oghalé and I’m a photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. I got into photography through making videos. Through making videos, I realized that I loved the frame of a 35mm lens and how all you could see in a photograph was within those 4 walls of the camera. Within those walls I could tell a story, display emotions, and inspire others. I don’t know what made me pick up a camera in the first place but all I can say is that it feels right. I feel like what makes a good photographer is not the gear and camera that he or she possesses but rather the ability to see something unique even in ordinary situations and locations. Whats great in that is that every photographer “sees” differently and I’m thankful for the vision that I have been blessed with.

Please tell us about your art.
At this moment I primarily shoot fashion, editorial, and architecturally creative photography. I also shoot portraits of course. I love for my photography to be simple yet express a lot. I would love for people to look at my work and be whisked away into another place, into another set of emotions or moods. I would love for my photography to not only be pleasing to the eyes but also bring about pleasant thoughts and imaginations. I hope that my work inspired others to go out and chase their dreams. I honestly believe that each one of us has so many gifts. Not all gifts come in the shape of sports, music, or acting. Some people are very good grass cutters, some are very good empathizers and have great “people” skills, some are great painters. We all have here different gifts and abilities and I hope to inspire others to chase their passions.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I feel like I’ve never been a very strong expresser of my political and social views but I do love the idea of showing people through my work what it’s like to be me, what it’s like to see though my eyes, feel through my touch, and experience through my photographs. I feel that art can never be defined. I think that’s what gives it its power. Art can be whatever you want it to be and as such it can serve as entertainment but it can also transcend entertainment and cross into the realm of social change and a means to make a difference in the world.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Most of my work is available on my personal photography Instagram account. Instagram has become a modern-day portfolio for many creatives and that is how I used my account. I am also currently working on a website where any one will be able to easily view my work, stay updated on my movements, and connect with me.

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Image Credit:
Photos taken by Oghalé Alex
Models used: Jay Moise, Fauve Shapri, Umberto Lukama

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