Eric Gyamfi is an amazing photographer from Ghana. Amazing. His main medium of expression is photography and particularly monochrome photography. He is an acclaimed photographer who lives in Ghana but has had exhibitions in About his work, Eric says:

My works in many ways are a reflection of my own days, gone and ongoing, centered, with family and society orbiting around it. As such, there is a direct response to the actions of these entities, subliminal or otherwise that I attempt to explore through a conscious  reconstruction process, a performance of sorts, using monochrome photography as a tool to document those experiences, on themes of sexuality and gender, religion and tradition.

His self-portraits dominate his work and I find them a varying mix of haunting, striking and disturbing. Eric-Gyamfi-01 Eric-Gyamfi-02

He is also an excellent writer and I find myself lingering on the stories that accompany some of his images. Below is an excerpt from a self-portrait session called Things Are Blur.

…It was 38 degrees outside but I felt cold. I unwrapped the cloth from my waist, held myself and looked away from the light. It was revealing something; maybe a little more truth than I had expected to see. I looked away. It was easier; i turned around to avoid seeing. I did it for a year; I am doing it now, granted more overtly. It’s exactly one year today, and I am still scared to turn around. Only this time I do not know. I am not certain if what I see is there, or imagined.  It’s there sometimes and it’s not. I think I see but I think I can’t also.  Things are blurring, I can no longer separate myself from myself.  I draw near the black hole, but then I am the black hole. I do not know where that positions me. How does one get closer to one’s self and where does one have to be to get there. I am nowhere now, that I am certain. All the blues and yellows tear me apart. I passed out a couple of times yester night and woke up this morning, a stranger in my bed. Maybe another starting point or just a closing in on the end.

Some of his self-portraits come as stories. Here’s one:

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Eric also takes striking portraits of other people. Below are photographs from a project called Witches of Gambaga: follow the link, it tells an interesting story of this camp of women called the Gambaga Witches Camp.

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Here are some other portraits:Eric-Gyamfi-09 Eric-Gyamfi-10 Eric-Gyamfi-11Eric-Gyamfi-00

To keep up with Eric’s work, here is his website and Tumblr.


Written by Nik-Nak