Interview with 20 year old, Minneapolis native, Awa Mally.
What got you interested in photography?
Being a visual person, photography always had my attention. Life is beautiful. I don’t have much of a story but when I finally convinced myself that I had no other choice to but pick up a camera. I fell in love with the whole process and I knew it was what I had to do.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Photography has helped me become more aware of myself and everything around me so
learning to share my story is definitely something I’d like to master. In the future I’ll be providing greater access and resources to youth interested in photography, visual arts and everything else the world continues to make inaccessible. Along with normalizing being an artist especially as a career within African culture while becoming part of the greater community. And of course, partnering with those I admire and creating work I’m proud of.
What are your upcoming projects?
I took loads of photos when I spent a month in Lomé and I’m working on releasing those
pictures. Plus, throwing an event as a way to give back to the youth that were kind enough to allow me to take their photos. Besides that, I’m working on a docu-series with a writer about local activist and organizers that may have been overlooked throughout the years.
What advice do you have for young people who are interested in pursuing photography?
SHOOT! SHOOT! SHOOT!
Almost everything you need to know is on YouTube. you wouldn’t believe the amount of free content is on there. Things people pay hundreds of dollars in classes for. Find your “why?” and hold it dear to you. Look into different lenses and creative equipment rather than trying to buy the best camera out there. Sunday School taught me these 4 P’s: Pick, Plan, Produce, Promote. Comes in handy when you have lots of ideas and can’t figure out where to start. At the end of the day photography should be enjoyable. Share your story, collaborate, have fun, take risk, use social media (and not the other way around) and secure the bag. #takemorephotos
What has been your favorite project to shoot so far?
Everything I shot in Togo. Truthfully, I can’t choose but I have a blast whenever I work with Nyadouth and Ndolo.
Who would you want to work with in the future?
I’d love to do work that directly aligns with my interest: youth, fashion, sneakers, and Black culture. I love what brands like Nike, Adidas, Kith and Daily Paper are doing, it’d be amazing to work with them.
How can people access your work?
I’m on Instagram @ AwaMally and my website awamally.myportfolio.com