Olusegun Aderinto (@supaShegs.Sports) is a 30 year old Sports Photographer and graduate of Architecture from Yaba College of Technology. In this expose, he shares his work and love for his art.
– By Toyin Eleniyan
Olusegun Aderinto has been a photographer for more than 5 years now and ventured into sports photojournalism about 3 years ago. According to him, the journey hasn’t been smooth. He got access to an entry level sport equipment and reached out to leaders in the industry, like Ganiyu Yusuf, Segun Ogunfeyintimi, Kabiru Abubakar and Ademola Bamigbelu who have been guiding him.
Olusegun covers all sports in the country, with his personal preference being football being that it’s the most popular sport in Nigeria. As he stated, there aren’t many sports photographers in the country which is probably due to the fact that the profession isn’t yet a very lucrative profession at the moment. This allows him create a balance between different sports and document any team with the same zeal, be it the national team or street kids. He has no preferences in that regard.
He believes sports photography takes the game to the people, letting them see those views they won’t see on television. “We freeze those favourite moments for them and they can keep it as long as they want to. They keep asking for more,” he states.
Olusegun is inspired by the works of Photographers such as Peter Read Miller, Lars Baron, Jeff Cohen, Ganiyu Yusuf and Kabiru Abubakar. This inspiration also allows him create iconic shots that boost his confidence, such as his shot of Victor Moses when he scored an opening against Algeria in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, for the Russia world cup qualifiers.
Olusegun is able to monetize his work through sport bloggers and websites. He believes that if he could go back in time to the beginning of his career, with the knowledge he has now, he would do a lot of marketing and personal projects.
“Grace and passion has distinguished me, the ability to keep going even when it’s tight and rough,” stated Olusegun. He further advises aspiring sports photojournalists to be passionate, keep practicing and pray.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the Spark magazine. Find the magazine here to read other articles.