Puchercos captures Africa's smiles

…even when life is tough for them

By Prisca Sam-Duru

What many people do not know about a Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director of Lafarge Africa Plc, Mr. Michel Puchercos, is a artistic side of his life. Puchercos’ time in dual African countries –Nigeria and Kenya, afforded him a event to put his photography instincts to movement by capturing a colours and emotions that move to life a hint of Africa as good as emotions of a people he photographed. Interestingly, these people’s emotions operation from fun to tranquillity though never unhappy or despondency.

*Gold Fishing by Michel Puchercos

Those special moments in Nigeria and Kenya resulted in Carnet De Voyage, definition ‘Traveler’s Notebook’ or improved still, Travelogue, an muster of 42 photographs hold between 18th and 20th May, 2018 during a Omenka Art Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos. Proceeds from a muster were donated to Casa Alba, a present organization that caters for immature girls formed in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Fascinating is a fact that zero of a photographs is photo-shopped or pre-arranged. “I took a photographs even though a people meaningful that we was holding their photos. we only desired their lifestyle and I’m so most meddlesome in a cultures of Nigeria,” a Frenchman explained with excitement.

“These are only elementary shots depicting emotions and beauty. They are about things and people a locals are so used to that they don’t see any more. He pronounced countenance of fun on people’s faces remained a biggest captivate for his photography irrespective of a beauty of landscape or seascape, adding that photographs though tellurian total that light adult people’s hearts are of reduction value. “In Nigeria, we tend to constraint joy. And if we review tellurian faces in Paris, France, with what we see in Lagos, Nigeria, in annoy of a hardship, they are faces of joy, appetite and creativity. In fact, a smiling face motivates me for a whole day and it is a large boost for me. It is a present inlet gave me to constraint some of these people’s emotions and energy. we don’t wish to constraint or uncover suffering,” he said.

“Look during a tiny child in this photograph, stands beside a weather-beaten dug-out in a beach. He looks so thoughtful, nonetheless so young. What we like is a approach he is standing. He looks so tiny beside a canoe. What can he be meditative about? What is he forgetful about? Maybe, one second later, he’ll be looking during a crab or during something else,” he explained.

The sketch of a Kenyan child in a loin cloth titled: The Shepherd Boy, is amazing. The boy, who is from a semi-nomadic pastoralist Samburu sub-tribe, is carrying a baby camel, using with it to safety. A grin on a boy’s face depicts zero though success and fulfillment.

On saying a sketch of a immature lady titled: Joy, taken in Jos in 2017, viewers impulsively detonate into smiles along with a girl. The immature lady is full of robust smiles regardless of whatever she is confronting in this partial of a clime. “I’m preoccupied by a grin of Nigerian people,” Puchercos said. “They grin even when life is tough for them. This is a doctrine of life. I’ve trafficked to other countries and even in my possess nation where things are better, we don’t see such smiles on people’s faces.”

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