1. : to make known or understandable by revealing details.

    “Jẹ́ ká ṣàlàyé” (“Let us explain”)

  2. 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:

  • Someone on Twitter gave me my first camera.

  • 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.

See Photo of the day by Tam

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.

I set up this newsletter as a pet project to stay committed to two of my amateur interests that go well together — writing and photography. It is a mostly free newsletter but the support of my paid subscribers is very much appreciated.

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    People, places, moments—an exercise in visual storytelling.

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Tam Olobio

Some days, a photographer. Occasionally, a bit of a writer, but most days, a 20-something-year-old "Subpar Saiyan" who doesn't know enough about Dragonball to be using that word