Nigerian-American photographer Oghalé Ogbaudu returns to Ocean Africa with a new photographic series entitled The Green Interlude: The Intersection Between Pessimism and Optimism.
The visual series reminds us of the Cherokee tale about the wolf that you feed. The eternal battle between good and evil; between the path we choose and the one that is chosen for us. The eternal personal and external battles people face do not only have repercussions for us alone, but for our families, our communities, societies and ultimately, the world.
Synonymous with Oghalé’s repertoire, the photographer waxes lyrical about the intersection between optimism and pessism:
The Green Interlude: The Intersection Between Pessimism and Optimism.
It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes
life interesting. Will or won’t you make it? Having the knowledge
that you have absolutely no idea how things will end is both
daunting and peaceful. I remember this book I read once when I was
a kid. The premise of the book was that there were two characters
who were perpetually afraid of a monster foretold to be at the end
of the book. With each page that the reader turned, the fret and
worry of the characters grew. Eventually, one of the two characters
urged the reader to stop reading and put down the book because of
the fear of what was at the end. The other urged you to do the
opposite and continue to read because of the excitement of what
would be discovered at the end. Finally, upon reaching the end of
the book, the big reveal was that the two characters themselves
were the monsters foreseen at the beginning of the book.
We all come to a crossroads where we must make a choice. We can
either be character one who was afraid of the end or we can be
character two who looked forward to the end. One must realize that
things are what they are, and they will be what they will be. I
could get to the end of my story and realise that I was never
destined to make it, or I could get there and realise that it was
even better than I imagined. Nevertheless, fear and avoidance won’t
change the outcome. This is one intersection where we must choose
to follow the green light of optimism.
Creative Director & Photographer: Oghalé Alex
Model: Haruna Jebak | Instagram
Stylist: Symone Keisha | Instagram
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