Derrick Ofosu Boateng

Ghana

Armed with an iPhone and Photoshop, Ghanaian photographer Derrick Ofosu Boateng creates captivating photos of everyday beauty in Accra—both staged and spontaneous. While his subject matter is often mundane (children at play, beach-goers and market visitors) his addition of vibrant, unnatural colors emphasizes the simple beauty of his surroundings. Through his work, Derrick hopes to shift perceptions about Ghana and Africa in general, showing that there is a rich culture worthy of celebration. In 2021, Derrick was selected for the British Fashion Council’s “New Wave: Creatives” cohort—a group of 50 inspiring young talents from around the world.

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The colors in my pictures allow me more space for creativity, and they have a substantial amount of influence on our feelings. They allow me to portray beauty over reality.