DESCRIPTIONAkwasi was born in South London, the eldest of four boys he soon became his mother’s sous chef helping to prepare anything from Christmas sprouts to traditional Ghanaian foods using a wooden grinder in the clay asanka. Now a chef and having opened his debut restaurant, Tatale in London’s African Center, Akwasi has curated a Pan-African menu that seeks to celebrate blackness in all its diversity drawing on both heritage and modernity. Using traditional kente wax material from Ghana but with modern print combined with wearing brands of designers with African heritage, this portrait of Akwasi illustrates the coming together of these intentions; the wooden grinder sitting almost like a chess piece in the foreground, abstracted but tethering the modern to the cultural anchor that tells Akwasi’s story.
AUTHORI am a portrait and still life photographer and studio manager based in London. I shoot across a variety of publications, often with little brief, budget or turnaround time. That doesn't stop art directors and picture desks from being demanding however so I have become accustomed to being creatively fast-paced! I love to shoot on my own terms too, where I get the chance to explore my own ideas in greater depth. I aim to create arresting photographs often with a bold colour palette and a lighting style that is graphic and dynamic.