David Uzochukwu, (1998) an Austrian-born Luxembourger of Nigerian descent living in Brussels.
“It’s not very conscious – there’s always the question of how to turn a feeling I have into something visual. When I find this frequency in myself that I really want to create to, the rest just falls into place. The campaign’s slogan, “Do you believe in more?”, became my mantra for a few weeks. It was all about this sensation of going beyond the ordinary.”
“Self-portraiture is cathartic, you get all the time in the world. Being solely responsible for a creation feels amazing. There’s no space for excuses. The toughest thing was putting the client’s vision first while preserving my identity, even though I loved the challenge. And I couldn’t retouch the entire campaign myself because of the tight deadlines, but always wanted to grab it right back from the retouchers.”
“There’s so much beauty in the human experience and I think we’re far from having explored all of its facets. That’s what I want to keep doing. When I think of eight year old me, there’s nothing I want to do more than show myself that there’s a space for me in the world. To feel like I belong would have meant everything to me. “ (quotes from interview in Dazed, January 2017, Kemi Alemoru)