Talented Photographer Currently showcasing his work at first Exhibition
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!”
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