: to make known or understandable by revealing details.
“Jẹ́ ká ṣàlàyé” (“Let us explain”)
Slang: to talk extensively without being required to
“Resist the urge to ṣàlàyé!”
Hi, I’m Tam!
And one January morning circa 2020, I started what would later be known as “Photo of the day by Tam”. 108 days later, I quit.
A lot changed in those 108 days:
My photos began gaining a following in my school and on Instagram.
I developed text thumbs because I was constantly editing on my phone.
I discovered that a crush (whom I had never spoken to) was a fan. A fact I was proud of until I found out my contact was saved on her phone as “Photo of the day by Tam”. The cost of greatness, I like to think.
I hit burnout so intensely that I temporarily gave my camera away and seriously considered quitting photography.
Somehow, I didn’t quit. Somewhere along the line, I fell back in love with photography. Not too long after, someone told me I was “a phenomenal writer”, and years later, I’ve decided I agree with him.
There’s so much I want to say, lots of stories I want to tell — of the life of a 20-something-year-old who would rather not be a professional photographer and the people, places, and moments that make him okay with that decision—about the magnificence of amala and reasons to believe that fried plantain is overrated.
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