Interview by Olivia Goss/
Photos by Chris Onuoha
Chris Onuoha, 22, from Newcastle, Britain, is our February Photographer of the Month winner. He competed against three others and his photo received the most votes. Chris previously won the Photographer of the Week during the second week of February. We love the way his images capture the light, landscapes and architecture around him!
We interviewed Onuoha to get to know him better as a photographer and to share his advice for new photographers.
The photos in this story are Onuoha’s original images (© Chris Onuoha).
What is the story behind the photos you’ve submitted?
Onuoha: There isn’t much of a story behind them. They are mostly just a collection of some more of my favorite landscape/city shots that I have taken when out and about.
However, “The Needle,” was a shot I did not think I was going to get during my week in Scotland. There were so many other locations that we had planned on going to, some of them ruined by the weather. On the second-to-the-last day, it seemed as though the heavy wind and rain were going to be around all day in most parts of Skye, which it was, but eventually I thought that there was no harm in trying. Everything on my person was absolutely soaking wet afterward but it was 100% worth it.
Do you have a specific theme or topic that is the focus of your photography?
Onuoha: I love a mixture of landscape and city/urban photography, mostly the dramatic/moody scenes with high contrast.
What have you gained/experienced while working with this topic?
Onuoha: Patience, a lot of it.
Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t notice about you.
Onuoha: I am 1½ years away from becoming a medical doctor, fingers crossed!
What’s a piece of advice you would offer to other photographers to encourage their creativity?
Onuoha: Don’t judge your own creative skills and ability from everything you see on Instagram. Sometimes it can be hard. I find myself comparing my photos all of the time and generally just feeling like they aren’t good enough. Go out and take the type of photos you enjoy taking and edit them the way you enjoy editing. That’s what is most important.
We at Bokeh Focus are inspired by Onuoha’s dedication to his craft. We’re pleased to be able to feature his work, which truly immerses you in each image. Chris, congratulations on your winning photography. We hope to see more of your work in gallery shows!