Welcome everyone to our brand spanking new column – Through the Lens! We’re super excited to bring this new biweekly series to you, where we’ll be featuring the most talented NFT photographers. There are so many amazing photographers joining the NFT space, and it’s about time they got some recognition as well!
Meet Matthew Charles, popularly known as “Creative Nigerian,” a portrait and lifestyle photographer as well as an NFT artist and collector. His award-winning photographs are stunning, and each one tells and weaves a story of the imagination, world, and people.
So, let’s check it out and find out more about what it’s like to be a photographer in NFTs!
How did you get into NFTs and how has it impacted you?
I heard about NFTs from a friend around October last year 2021 to be specific and at first it sounded like a scam to me but after I saw a post of our group by a friend named teaserat who’s also a big part of the African NFT artist community, I decided to do my own research and dive into NFTs on my own.
So far NFTs have had a huge impact on my life both good and bad but more good. I minted my first NFT art around February 2022.
When did you start your photography journey and how did you get good at it?
I started my photography journey as a Phonographer (I used my mobile phone). Back then all we had were our mobile devices which was our best gadget and I’m talking 7 years back, when I realized I had a passion for photography I decided to make it more than just a hobby or passion.
Which photographers inspire you the most? Anyone that you look up to?
I have so many mentors in the photography industry but I have to say what inspires me has to be my environment and culture.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
That I didn’t need the most sophisticated or expensive gear to take a photograph.