Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Covers This Day Style Magazine To Celebrate 80th Birthday
Olusegun Obasanjo at 80
Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo recently turned 80. To celebrate his birthday, This Day Style Magazine featured the octogenarian as the cover star of their latest edition. Photos for the cover were shoot by the amazing TY Bello, who has been privileged to film 3 Nigerian Presidents. The excited photographer shared her story on Instagram yesterday.
“OLUSEGUN OBASANJO : GOLDEN
About 13 years ago I asked an assistant to help me source a gold velvet fabric for backdrop for my portraits .It was meant to be large and in the tone of gold …rich.. like the highlight on a very dark persons skin…He didn’t nearly find what I wanted.
He however came back with a small sized unimpressed ash colored fabric that looked really old.. I was disappointed .
It didn’t occur to me that he just handed me gold .. real gold.. that boring piece of fabric became my favorite backdrop . I went on to photograph 3 Nigerian presidents against it. It was also the best shade for post production . It was light enough to compliment most skin tones ., yet dark enough to be augmented in post production.
In this portrait my ash colored backdrop was brushed to a rich gold to compliment Baba’s aso oke.
Sometimes we don’t find exactly what we are looking for. .. but we must learn to appreciate what we have been handed … it may just be golden #tybellophotography #photostories #obasanjo at 80 for @thisdaystyle”
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Photo Credit: TY Bello