#📷 William K Olwit.
Dark against the light:
A photography project exploring the depiction of loss and need.
So often we find ourselves lost, reeling from the absence of a loved one, of a parent or something we hold dear.
Do we cope by shutting out the world, imploding in a fit of sorrow.
or do we bloom like a flower against the light.
Muses: Anita Kevin, Kon Piom
My name is William K Olwit.
A radiologist and self-taught photographer.
I have been shooting more regularly for perhaps the past 5 to 6 years. Before that I often shot more sporadically but when I was going through a patch of depression picking up my camera helped me get through it.
I struggle with vocall expression of my thoughts and engaging in conversation. For most of my life I've been introverted and plagued with social awkwardness. So, I started to use photography to try and say what I couldn't say with words.
I enjoy and do try out different types of photography but if I had to pick, I'd be happy sticking to portraiture.
Capturing someone's portrait is akin to finding a way to show them what you think of who they are, what you see that they can't. Taking a photo of someone is akin for me to having a conversation, a way to say to them what I can't with words and see in their portrait a narrative.
My inspiration to shoot is varied, in part its meeting people with a wealth of life and stories. The work of Don McCullin, Sebastião Salgado, Ricardo Rangel, Steve McCurry, Seydou Keita, JR, Ernest Withers, Gillian Wearing, Malik Sadibe, and James Barnor are some of the photographers whose works I draw inspiration from; each with their own unique style of narrating the human condition. Shooting from Kampala and around Africa I'm inspired by the beauty and diversity of the people around me, their perseverance, determination, joy, heritage, culture and being lucky enough to have the opportunity to capture and share these narratives is why I pick up my camera.
Most recently I participated as an artist with the Kampala art festival under a photography project titled "Masks"; Masks is a photography project about the different masks