: 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.
On a 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:
I fell in love with documentary photography
My photos began to gain a following in my school and on Instagram.
I developed text thumbs (because I was constantly editing on my phone).
I discovered that my crush (whom I had never spoken to) was a fan of my work. At first, I was excited, but then l I found out she saved my number as “Photo of the day by Tam”. "The cost of greatness", my friends said.
I hit burnout so intensely that I gave my camera away and seriously considered quitting photography.
I did not quit. Somewhere along the line, I fell back in love with photography, and though the money had little to do with it, I will admit when money entered, the love got sweeter.
You see, for most of my life, all I’ve been is a student. But since I’m losing the comfort of that identity soon, I’ve decided to grow up a bit—to grow into my identity as a writer and photographer.
I like to think that if my writing is a response to the question, “is speaking not enough for you?” then my photography is a response to the question, “if your eyes could speak, what would they say?”
There’s a lot I want to say, stories I want to document—about people, places, moments, the magnificence of amala, and the lies plantain lovers tell themselves. I figured I might as well do that through a newsletter—this one.
I’m on a journey to find my story in the midst of it all. I’d like you to come along.
Will you accept my invitation?
What to expect:
Stories behind photographers & their photographs—as told to me.
People; places; stories—a documentary photography project by yours truly.
Thoughts, musings, and writings from an NFA-in-recovery.
I‘m a social guy:
You can find me on:
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