IMAGE COURTESY OF OBIAGELI ADAEZE OKARO
”The title of my photo is “The Dark in the Rainbow”. In every rainbow that blooms, there are colors that you don’t see right away. The ones that are in between or at the ends of the rainbow, that they almost seem faint. But they aren’t the ones you see and scream of excitement when you sight them from your balcony after a night’s pour. It’s the one you never seen. It’s the one you never choose to see. With lucid colors, shown in clothing, head gears and backgrounds I used them as a tool to illuminate and tell a story. Which is having to hide parts of yourself, your identity so that you don’t come off as different, odd or ugly. I used these bold colors to say you can be anywhere you want to be, be whoever you want to be, no matter the rainbow you find yourself in. Because rainbows don’t create themselves, they don’t choose the colors they want to be. They exist for a purpose. And for me the purpose is to bring beauty and other good things to this not soo perfect world of ours.”
Editor’s comment: Everything in bright color is easy to make out, but the central model is literally shrouded in mystery. The preponderance of shadow and lack of clarity of the subject combined with the stark color of the empty chairs offers up a multitude of possible interpretations of this image. A captivating shot.