About a week we brought you behind-the-scene photos from Tinie Tempah’s shoot in ThisDay Style shot by ace photographer TY Bello on the streets of Lagos!
We now have the official photos from the cover shoot which was released yesterday Sunday 31st January 2016 in the magazine.
The Nigerian-British rapper is seen modeling dapper and trendy outfits by menswear label, Okunoren Twins.
In one of the photos Tinie was shot with a real life bread street hawker, according to photographer Ty, it was unplanned for her to be in the shoot. She said: “BEATIFUL MISS X:WHO IS SHE.?Every one has been asking if this lady is a model .. It was just perfect coincidence …She just happened to be walking by while I photographed. It happened so fast.
She definitely SHOULD be a model. .. I’m happy to help her build a portfolio if she’s interested. She’s so beautiful and photographed so well. I’ll find a way to track her down somehow. You guys can also help” On the shoot TY said.
“…. Oga Tinie..Disturbing Lagos Keh ..? You sure? my hand no dey o.. We no dey do that kine ruff play for here o. I’ve photographed so many international celebrities in this town.. From Beyonce to Arnold Schwarzenegger … I was looking through my archives the other day and said to my self.. Never again.. !Never in some fancy hotel room that could have been anywhere else on the planet . There’s no where like Lagos and If they ever cross my path again I’ll drag them out to where they can touch and feel My Lagos … And fall in love with it. So of course when I was asked to meet up with @tiniegram at his hotel I was like..Lai-Lai!! Abeg bring the man to Yaba and let’s shoot this something!
I love lagos..I won’t lie.. The streets are a literal Photographer’s paradise.. Every where you turn there’s a story waiting to be told.., textures waiting to be shot and characters waiting to be explored ..it’s hard for me to make a bad picture when my spirit is really open on the steets..I can just stand there and magic walks into my frame.
The beautiful bread seller in the red dress in one of my edits for instance..You know her Abi?.. That one that every one on the street wants to marry.. She’s fine and she knows it. its all over how she walks and I know you’ve seen her before.
She walked onto our set and magic happened..it wasn’t planned at all ..I didn’t even know I nailed the narrative until I edited a few days later. Someone accused me of dragging @tiniegram on the streets..That I should have taken him to somewhere ‘prettier ‘… My response: So you haven’t heard …?The street is where it’s happening o.. You haven’t seen pretty till you’ve seen the sun set in the quiet corners of Surulere..You’re missing out on a unique love vibe if you haven’t taken her for a walk in railway compound..And if you only exist where freshly baked, steamy Agege bread is completely out of reach.. You may have to consider reorganizing it all.. I mean …What’s the point!”
Photography: Ty Bello (Instagram: @tybello)
Outfits: Okunoren Twins