In the early 1930s and 20s photo makers like Seydou Keita, Malik Sidibe, James Barnor, Samuel Fosso and J.D. Ojeikere pioneered African photography to the next level and ever since it has served as an extended mirror to our identity as Africans, not in encompassing spheres but to a large extent. As a writer, I knew that more than a photographic memory it is pleasanter to have photography records. Heavily inspired by predecessors, this train of Random Thoughts led me to photojournalism and Random Photo Journal. I was based in Ghana since I turned fourteen and as the thoughts manifested, I arranged a tour in different states to capture parts of Nigeria to understand my origins. After poring at the first series of photos I realized the photography was bigger than just keeping personal records.  

Random Photo Journal is a public record, a study of the daily lives of people in their natural habitat, a visual explanation of our immediate environment, a way for us to understand better the world we live in, and for the world to better understand us. It is a fused medium of storytelling.  

Another moot point is that thirty years from now things are bound to change, for good, for better or for worse, a structure that was here today will be removed tomorrow and if one man in the world has a photograph that represents what space once represented, then that is a visual record of history everyone will appreciate. Words can go a long way but a photograph will travel a much longer road.  

If anything, Random Photo Journal is not a travel magazine, how can it be? We are not inviting or showing anyone how to spend their yearly vacation, we are simply saying: This is us, we exist, this is what we do, this is how and where we live, and we love it a lot.  



Arinzechukwu Patrick