Our latest project here at Raffia is a limited edition mini collection of ties and pocket squares very aptly named "The Tie Collection". We partnered with Ghanaian-born photographer, blogger, designer and Creative Director of Bôhten, Nana K. Boateng on our photo story and put him in front of the camera for a change.
#TeamRaffia thinks Nana is awesome but don't just take our word for it. Check out his answers to our 5 questions and see for yourself.
1. Describe yourself in 5 words
I'm adaptable, trustworthy, driven, strategic and friendly.
2. What inspires you?
I see value in the oddest things (even from a designer's perspective), so as cliche as it might sound, everything. A lot of my best ideas develop from really random, tough or very nurturing situations. Definitely draw alot from seeing the work of other creatives too.
3. What work do you most enjoy doing?
I'm having to learn how to use a camera properly for Ghana in HD (a website/blog on style), and I'm starting to enjoy the process of editing. Its gratifying to see a set of images go from mere shots to something more through calculated emphasis. I hope to develop that more as I take on new projects. Cleaning up my pad is also very therapeutic for me too, haha.
4. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
I came to Ghana highly ambitious and impatient. An old classmate who had moved here took me for a drink one day and gave me case after case of friends who came with lots of funds and now had nothing to show. His advice was simple: Take your time, focus on developing your basics first. Then build.
It has helped me here immeasurably.
5. What are you working on right now?
Nothing. I kid. Working as a TA for the Fashion + Graphic Design departments at Radford University, acting as creative director for Bohten Eyewear and when I have time, developing visual identities for clients. Last but definitely not least, developing new content for Ghana in HD.