When a Nigerian lifestyle-and-wedding photographer posted photos of a 5-year-old child on Instagram, he never imagined that it will cause a stir on social media.
Photographer Mofe Bamuyiwa posted the photo of the girl identified as Jare, writing:
“Oh yes she’s human! She’s also an angel!” he captioned the photo that has since turned thousands of Likes.
“I want to portray the interception between her childhood and adulthood so both stay timeless ! I could have made her smile and make her laugh out loud but I put her in their natural moments for us to see through their eyes ! Posing them as adults ! Was my trick to create it a timeless portrait ! J A R E , when you clock 21 remember to do same pose and style.” he added.
Speeding to Yahoo Lifestyle, Bamuyiwa explained that by positioning Jare in a more mature pose, she illustrated the intersection between child and adulthood.
“I’m pretty excited and elated about my new style of child portraiture . Before I thought of Photographing the @the_j3_sisters , I have had frivolous ideas of how I can make artsy portraits of kids And do away from the norm . The opportunity came and I had to take a bold step to express my ideas of how I want to take portraits of kids. I want to portray the interception between her childhood and adulthood so both stay timeless !”
“Jare isn’t a professional model,” Bamuyiwai said, adding that the girl’s two sisters, Jomi, 7, and Joba, 10, with their “striking features and strong characters,” have also posed for photos.
Bamuyiwai says she inspired the children’s mother to launch an Instagram page for her daughters called The J3 Sisters , where they already have more than 5K followers.
Bamuyiwa is surprised by the response to her photos.
“All I want is for everyone to see Jare’s powerful potential. … I want the photo to speak to her when she has reached her adulthood.”