About Sokari Higgwe

I am a self-trained photographer based in the UK, my work is influenced by the environment and the world around me. Driven by passion for architecture, art, design and the human form. I capture my subjects from feelings within me, and as I perceive them at the time. Photography for me is an art form used to capture special moments in time.

I graduated with bachelor's degree in philosophy, and later an MSc. in business information technology. I worked for an investment bank in the City of London for over 16 years. In 2016 I decided to give up my day job and follow my passion for photography.

About The Exhibition

In March 2020, everything seemed to stop and the world around us was frozen. I shut down my photography studio and stayed at home like everyone else. However, unlike most people, I was not able to use “Zoom” to do what I loved doing, because photography involves being physically present.

There were moments when I felt like I was not going to get through the lockdown, because I was not getting any new jobs or commissions. But, with so much time on my hands I found myself looking back into my archives and rediscovering images that I had not had time to process, and probably would never have seen the light of day.

The images you see in this exhibition are a small selection of those “lockdown works”. They range from images I took a few years ago to some that I shot at the later part of the pandemic. In many ways these images helped pull me through this dark period and gave me a new sense of purpose during these trying times.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed bringing them to life.

About GPN

London Gay Photographers Network (GPN) will be showcasing a photography exhibition in support of the Black Lives matter movement. GPN is an organisation of gay men and women (and their friends) who are interested in photography, with the aim of creating a network and a place where people of like minds can come together and share photography ideas and knowledge.

About The Exhibition

Inspired by George Floyd whose tragic death triggered a worldwide response focussing on the injustices faced by people of colour in The United States of America, and the world over. The exhibition will showcase photographic and written displays on the issues raised by the movement. This sincere and thought-provoking display will hopefully help keep the spirit of the moment alive.

 

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