Celebrated photographer took Adekunle Gold and his music narrative and converted it into a beautiful visual story. She calls it ADEKUNLE GOLD : BECOMING KING.
As the YBNL star gears up to release his debut album titled GOLD, TY Bello uses gold coloured items in their unfinished state as prop for this photo shoot.
The metals are actually scrap from materials used to make actual crowns. See the images below.
Concerning her artistic piece, she wrote;
ADEKUNLE GOLD : BECOMING KING
I’m looking forward to attending his coronation .. I got to hear unreleased music while I made his portraits . …Nothing quite like his sound .. He’s the real deal…!He’s about to be crowned and I’m certain.
Im a song writer myself ..so I can tell… Nigeria and indeed the world are about to discover their new favorite genius …One day I’ll be boasting about how I heard those songs before they came out .. The idea for @adekunlegold ‘s portraits came two days before he called me . I had just read about Bezaleel on Exodus 31 .. And how God gave him creative genius to work with Gold , silver and bronze .
I had made some art images that emotionally said everything I wanted but just never felt quite right … Bezaleel’s work spoke to me .. My work was missing some metal .So I began to study the use of metal in sculpture and design ….how to bring that into my work.
I was trying to figure out which of my artist friends I’d like to collaborate with when Adekunle Gold’s messages started flooding in . .. He sent me photographs of designs and concepts with gold elements and asked me what I thought … I just smiled .. God had gifted me beautiful work and had taken time to prepare me.
I tried to stay calm as I started going on about how I was tying to decode Exodus 31 and bring it into
my work .. And roughly described some ideas that I had for his album art .. I didn’t need to say much more .. He was completely in.
I collaborated with Sobukola Oluwanisola , an artist friend of mine and we decided on using recycled metal built into crowns and deconstructed as pieces for the portraits .
So here are our portraits Rustic and futuristic .. Our Adire clad .. King explorer ..Ready to launch !!