Meet the 500px World Images Awards Storytelling Class Winner

The 2022 500px Global Photography Awards serves creatives working with images and gives them an opportunity to showcase their ability and be rewarded for it. The second version of the competitors consisted of six classes: Technical, Storytelling, Business Content material, Documentary, Advantageous Artwork, and Panorama. At present on the weblog we’re speaking with the winner of the Storytelling class, Kevin Wooden.

Hello Kevin, please introduce your self.

My Identify Is Kevin Wooden, and I’m a portrait photographer from Accra-Ghana, the firstborn of Mr. Emmanuel Kwesi Wooden and Ms. Regina Martey. I’ve been doing images for 7-8 years and the fashion of images I concentrate on most is portrait images.

I began my images journey in 2016 with a Canon 1200D, which was gifted to me by my uncle, Mr. Lawrence Sam. Afterward in my journey, I labored with a Canon 550D, 6D Mark ii, and a 5d Mark ii. My images was impressed via my digital arts.

Creating Adam And Eve by Kevin Wood on

The successful picture: “Creating Adam and Eve”

What’s the story behind the picture “Creating Adam and Eve”?
In my photographic storytelling picture, you may see a connection, satisfaction, and unity between a person and a lady. This picture was taken to precise my religion in God (Supreme Being), and spotlight nature’s excellence and wonder. I consider that all the things has an origin story, and with my digicam, I need to inform that via my lens in a singular approach.

“Creating Adam And Eve” has at all times been my favourite storytelling picture, as a result of I had nice teamwork with a superbly executed imaginative and prescient.


What was your thought course of when selecting what pictures you have been going to undergo the awards?
My thought course of was primarily centered of the next:

The Eyes: The male’s pose depicts satisfaction and peace within the feminine whereas the feminine’s pose depicts the arrogance and belief within the man, which bonds them collectively.

The Sky: Symbolizes the protecting and togetherness artistry nature of God, and a reminder that he exists.


As a younger photographer from Ghana, does your tradition and placement influence your images?
Sure! Ghana is a really pretty and peaceable place to dwell. The youth listed here are free-hearted individuals and really open to any concepts regarding images and that makes my work as a photographer simple. And, the custom and tradition actually encourage me and have a really highly effective influence on my images.


How do you be sure the individual in entrance of the lens feels snug?
First off, I’m liked by the circle of individuals round me, they usually actually take heed to me at any time when I convey up an concept to execute. Making them really feel snug in entrance of the lens comes out naturally, due to the love and respect all of us share.


When taking a look at your successful pictures the themes’ stares, though circuitously on the lens, nonetheless handle to carry such depth and depth. How did you direct them, and is there a purpose you didn’t need them to look straight into the lens?
The picture exhibits a connection/unity between the male and the feminine. Directing them got here out verbally with directions in regards to the idea with a mutual understanding. I felt that, if that they had posed with their eyes immediately wanting into the lens, they wouldn’t be expressing their feelings to my viewers. I additionally wished my viewers to really feel the presence of them as in the event that they stood proper there to witness them and really feel their connection.


Creating the picture seems to be prefer it was a really collaborative course of between you and the fashions, whom you thanked after successful the Storytelling award. Do you might have any suggestions for different photographers on the right way to foster relationships with different creatives?
My message to all photographers—each mannequin deserves the very best respect/love as a result of they spend their time with us as topics to create fantastic pictures via artwork. It doesn’t matter in the event that they have been paid for the idea or not. All the time construct a fantastic and loving connection between you and your mannequin, human or not. That’s the way you get a superbly executed picture along with your imaginative and prescient.


Are you able to stroll us via your enhancing course of for this picture?
Photoshop is a really highly effective device for me with regards to enhancing and maybe coloration grading too, so I select Adobe Photoshop for all enhancing processes.

-I cropped the picture as I noticed match for a portrait, to seize the viewers’s consideration.
-I adjusted the highlights, distinction, and publicity to mix into my coloration grading fashion.
-I sharpened the picture, labored round selective coloration, and gradient map in photoshop to finalize my storytelling picture.

I used a Canon 550D and A Canon Lens Ef 75-300mm.


Whenever you have a look at this picture, what do you hope it communicates to viewers?
The entire idea and supply is to foster and promote unity amongst mankind, discouraging racism/discrimination and highlighting that the creator of the universe (God) exists.

God desires us to dwell in unity. One humanity for us all!

Regardless of the wars and battle amongst us, we should always be capable to overcome the hate and resentment that divides us and dwell underneath the roof of affection and unity.

Try the opposite 500px World Images Awards winners:
The Panorama Class Winner
The Documentary Class Winner
The Advantageous Artwork Class Winner
The Technical Class Winner

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