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Check Out Wenita Otite’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wenita Otite.

Hi Wenita, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
When I was 17, I left my home in Nigeria and moved to America to study in Atlanta, Georgia. Back then, photography was just a hobby for me but while I was in collage, I found myself searching for more than just a collage but an art school that will mold me to be an artist and study what I love; Fashion photography. I searched for schools related to that and I found New York film academy, and I chose the LA campus because this is where stars are made and I know I am going to be a star. I love photography, it is like a security blanket for me, I use my camera to capture and share the beauty in the world around me and share stories that I have heard, lived through or saw growing up. Since I was a child, I have been inspired by fashion and modeling and as a photographer, I am able to document interesting people as well as myself with beautiful designs to create iconic images and tell stories through my lens. I will use my camera to document the world and then print images with a focus on the magic I find all around me.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It really hasn’t been a smooth ride (Still isn’t ) and sometimes I doubt myself, most time I ask my self “does my work looks good enough to get people’s attention” “why don’t my work have so many likes on Instagram” “why don’t people share my work as much” “do I need to do more or just keep doing me” most of the time I want to give up and just get a regular job then I remember this isn’t what I want, I want everything photography and the art world has to offer . As a Nigeran and a Christian, when I start to doubt my self, all I just say is “God dey” which means God got me and will not disappoint me or I say to my self “las las you will be alright” which means with time everything will fall in place.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a fashion lover, I always wanted to become a fashion designer but got a little career change growing up, now I am focus on fashion photography, where I get to dress up my models and my self to create these fashionable look for my pictures, I also fell in love narrative photography, just like Sarahbahbah’s work, She inspires me so much. I mix both fashion and narrative to create my own genre. I create most of my work at yhe studio (pre COVID and during COVID I did most of my work in my living room ) I love how you can create the editorial and commercial work in this little space and end up with amazing/Iconic shots. I am so proud of all of my work, it shows my process and growth; I am super obsessed with my black and white high fashion pieces And I hope you will love them too.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
My artwork will be available on prints, on tees, sweats and hats. Follow me on Instagram @wennies.s or @king_wennies for updates.

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