Eseosa Ikponmwosa On Winning Our MTV Breaks Photographer Competition
Eseosa got to fly from Nigeria to South Africa to photograph behind the scenes of MTV Shuga series 5. Here's how he got on.
In December MTV Breaks announced that we were giving two young people an opportunity of a lifetime. We joined up with MTV Shuga to offer two competitions: one to direct a scene of MTV Shuga series 5 in Johannesburg and one to exclusively photograph behind the scenes.
Eseosa was our MTV Breaks photographer winner. He impressed us with his brilliant photography entry and his online photo blog, showcasing some amazing street art from his home town in Lagos, Nigeria.
We flew Eseosa over to Johannesburg from Nigeria. He spent the first day at the studio of his photography mentor, Thys Dullaart, learning about the industry and meeting some of Thys's photography contacts. They then ventured out to do some street photography around Jo-burg. On the second day Thys took him onto the set of MTV Shuga series 5, to get some exclusive behind the scenes shots.
We caught up with him to find out how it all went, and to give you all the low-down on the experience.
How did you first hear about the MTV Breaks opportunity and what made you apply?
I heard about it through a friend and I applied because I felt it was a great opportunity to expand my horizon as a photographer and to also experience what its like to be on a film set.
When did you first get into photography and why do you love it?
I started photography about 2 years ago, and I love it because it’s a way of expressing myself and the idea of capturing timeless moments has always been fascinating to me.
Describe how you felt when you found out you won.
I was very pleased when I heard I was the winner, I could hardly believe it!
How did you feel right before you went?
I just went on with my normal routine but I was very excited, and just couldn’t wait to get started!
What were your first impressions of the MTV Shuga set, the cast, and the crew?
It was a very organized set, everyone had breakfast and lunch together. The cast and crew were all very welcoming, good vibes through out.
Who was the most inspirational person you met and why?
It was definitely Thys Dullaart, he was a great mentor - he taught me a lot of things I didn’t know and I was really inspired by his dedication to photography.
What was your favourite moment of your experience, and why?
My favorite moment was the street photography in Johannesburg. It was really fun to be out in another city and I got to take some really dope pictures.
What have you learnt from this experience?
I learnt to be a lot more dedicated in my photography, and that there is really no limit to where it can take me.
How do you feel about your future in photography?
I feel like my future in photography is more stable because this experience has taught me to always try to improve and stay dedicated. As long as I keep doing that, I'm sure I can grow from strength to strength.
What did you think of your MTV Breaks experience and why should other people apply for MTV Breaks opportunities?
It was a wonderful experience and I think people should apply because it’s very good exposure and also a good way to interact with more accomplished people in photography.
Head to MTVBreaks.tv for all the latest news on competitions and our winners.