Previous exhibitions and projects
Seeing Sounds, House of African Art, London, 2019
Smart As Photography – Be an Artist!, Zephyr, Mannheim, Germany, 2019
Ragofoe, The Africa Regent Hotel, Accra, Ghana, 2019
About the Artist
Derrick Ofosu Boateng is a fine art photographer born and based in Accra, Ghana. Driven by a desire to create works which showcase the vitality, joy and exuberance of the local people, Derrick captures stills of everyday life in Ghana and distorts the backgrounds with arresting colour palettes, showing his hometown in a new light.
Derrick’s journey in photography started in 2017 and since then his work has featured in platforms such as AfroPunk and OkayAfrica, as well as UK-based magazine Demur and French magazine, Modzik.
Sources of Inspiration
Primarily motivated to show a different side to Africa than the ones that are frequently portrayed in the media, movies and plays, Derrick draws his inspiration from every day life in Ghana and the beauty of his environment. His work aims to contribute to the portrayal of Africa in a more positive light, where the vitality and dynamism that he witnesses are brought to the fore. Derrick is also heavily inspired by his religious beliefs and aims for his work to capture what he views as the beauty of creation in its purest form.
Derrick places strong emphasis on colour blocks in his work, in the knowledge that colours can have a substantial influence on our thoughts and feelings. Whilst his images capture people from all walks and stages of life, he is particularly interested in capturing young children in his work, whom he believes to be most authentic, expressive and carefree in their approach to life.
“Ultimately, I wish to inspire people through my photography. I would like to work on a number of different projects in Ghana and Africa as a whole. As an artist, I want to develop to be versatile enough to be able to take on artistic roles which require a variety of technical skills.” - Derrick Boateng