Tag: Ernest Simons Photography


Reggie N Bollie homecoming!

Ghanaian duo Reggie N Bollie who have taken this year’s X Factor by storm brought the party to their hometown Farnborough on Tuesday, welcomed by family, friends and fans alike.

In fact is seemed the whole of Farnborough turned up to welcome the boys home, singing and dancing in the streets. Reggie N Bollie who secured their place in the X Factor final last Sunday, have brought such life to the show, wowing audiences with their infectious performances week after week.

Check out the pictures below from the homecoming courtesy of Ernest Simons Photography:

 

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Introducing Ernest Simons…..

 Talented Photographer Currently showcasing his work at first Exhibition

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Ernest Simons is a London based photographer specialising in sports, fashion & portraits.He has worked with a wide range of clients including Content by Conran,  Nico Didonna New African Woman, The GFA (Ghana Football Association), ISG and Macmillan Cancer, Tekkers, & Borrow.

After establishing a proven track record of expertise spanning 8 years. Ernest has now embarked on putting on his first exhibition, The Black & White Exhibition which was inspired by his trip to a Ghanaian village earlier this year and the inhabitants going about their daily lives. Me Firi Ghana’s Director, Arnold Sarfo Kantanka and Editor/Head of Communications, Ben Anim-Antwi were in attendance for the private viewing of the exhibition on the evening of Tuesday 21 October.

The Exhibition is open to the public  from 22 Ocober – 20 November 2014 at Stephen Lawrence Centre, 39 Brookmill Rd, London SE8 4HU and promises to be an engaging and thought provoking experience. Make sure you get down there to check it out!

To wet your appetite view the trailer below;

 

MFG caught up with the talented photographer for a quick chat about the Black & White Exhibition amongst other things… See below!

MFG: Describe Ernest Simons in 3 words?

ES:” Creative, Opportunist with a big loving heart.”

How did you get involved in photography?

ES: “Fell into it really. I am also a graphic designer, went to University  but when I worked for design agencies laying out magazines ,adverts etc for companies sometimes they wanted photographs retaken by me. That’s when I realized I had a talent. I always had a love for sports & Fashion photography . I was asked to embark on a basketball project back in the day called Rough n Ready where I had to photograph an advert and photograph the tournament. I did not realize that this event was sponsored by Nike and the whole campaign was the birth to showcase elite basketball players in the U.K. those was some fantastic years, got a lot of people talking about my work. At that point I knew I would always take photographs”

MFG: What inspired the Black & White Exhibition?

ES:” My grandmother passed recently and the attire was all in black and white. I was taking pictures and felt more drawn to the pictures emotionally when I converted the images to monochrome. So I selected certain images to showcase at the Exhibition and other passed pictures also what give emotion.”

MFG:What is your favourite Ghanaian food?

ES: Jellof / fried yam and tilapia. sorry can never decided. ( How can you just say one food that’s not correct!)

MFG: If you could change one thing about Ghana what would it be?

ES: “Making our economy stable! – (but please don’t ask me how I just know not one person or party can do this alone and if the Community cant do it we need to seek advice and make sure the people benefit from this. Ghana is a rich country and the mass of people have values. Its only fitting we give them what they deserve its the birth right.”

What does the future hold for Ernest Simons?

ES: “Chale at the moment I am in a state of Sankofa. This exhibition is a turning point in my life where I should have done this before, but it is well. Its time to exert my work on to companies and people to start creating a brand. With my studio opening soon there is such a bonus to my business and you will be invited to the launch of that also!”

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_Ghana)

The Beauty of ‘Black & White’ by Ernest Simons …..

It’s all Black & White

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This October, the Stephen Lawrence Centre in South East London will open its door to exhibit London based photographer Ernest Simons. This will be the first time Ernest Simons will showcase an intimate series of photographs titled ‘Black & White’, which were captured after Ernest spent some personal time in a village in Ghana. This exciting event will start with a private viewing on 21 October 2014 followed by an open exhibition from 22nd October –  24th November 2014.

Black & White is a project through which Ernest Simons was inspired by the beauty and personality of villagers going about their normal day-to-day life. Ernest adds, “Whilst I was in Ghana, I saw a simplicity that I tried to preserve through a lens, Black & White breathes life and captures the imperfections made perfect of those people”. Ernest is also passionate about having this powerful documentation open to the public during black history month. As well as photographs, this wonderful showcase will also include cards and photographic print available to purchase with an opportunity of getting signed images from Ernest himself.

Ernest Simons photographs specialises in sports, fashion & portraits. He has a proven track record of expertise spanning 8 years. His unique methods behind the camera have allowed him to develop his unique skill.

For more information and images, contact Diahanne Rhiney at Diahanne Rhiney Consultancy:

Tel:020 3474 0123,

Fax:0870 420 5181,

Mobile: 07860 739345

Email: diahanne@diahannerhiney.com

*Ernest Simons is a London based photographer having worked with a wide range of clients including Content by Conran,Nico Didonna New African Woman, The GFA (Ghana Football Association), ISG and Macmillan Cancer, Tekkers, Sports on Screen & Borrow*

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_Ghana)

Me FiRi GHANA Meets Richard Branson – Part 1

“Screw it Lets Do It”: You never know what could happen unless you try…

So a few weeks back I was 1 of 5 young people selected in the UK to meet none other than Sir Richard Branson as part of MTV Base (Africa) Meets TV Show, in conjunction with MTN.

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So let’s go back to the beginning, how did the Co-Founder of Me FiRi GHANA get to meet one of the most celebrated Entrepreneurs ever… Well, an email was circulated about an opportunity to meet a successful entrepreneur as part of the MTV Base (Africa) Meets TV Show. At this point no one told us who it would be, it was just an opportunity!

So I sent an email with some details they requested and before I know it I get an email and phone call from a number with +241 (or something like that) calling me. It was one of the producers from South Africa saying that I had been shortlisted for an interview in two day’s time!

How random is that. I have always wanted to be that person who won those tickets on radio or who got selected to win a trip to America I mean Ghana 😀 but was never proactive enough to cease the opportunity and enter. This one time I do and I get short listed. C-R-A-Z-Y, well, I guess what I’m trying to say is you never know what could happen unless you try…

To cut a long story short, I get interviewed by the amazing Producer (not sure if I’m allowed to mention your name :D) for like 4 minutes and on my way to Church the next day I receive a text at 10:47 saying I’ve been selected and will need to go that same afternoon to a hotel for a de brief to then meet and interview Sir Richard Branson the day after that; the way I could have crashed my car LOLOL.

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Photography Picture taken by West Coast Photography

Never would I have imagined that I would meet let alone seek advice from Sir Richard Branson – well actually I kind of did but did not think it will be at this young age! All that we the Me FiRi GHANA Team are doing is living our dream and following our passion, our love for Ghana. Never in a trillion years would we have expected such experiences to come from it. But again, I guess you never know what could happen unless you try…