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Meet Lawrence Agyei in South Side, Hyde Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lawrence Agyei.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
During my last year of high school, I needed an art credit to graduate, when I moved from Italy to Chicago, my Italian high school didn’t spend all my credits, so I needed re-take all the art classes here in the states. I wanted to take a painting class because I loved drawing and colors, but unfortunately, the class was full. Film photography was the only class open, so I had no choice but to take it. During the semester, I would skip class because I wasn’t interested in learning about lighting and who started photography, until my teacher (Mr. Jaffe) gave us a photo project for the semester. We had to go around the neighborhood and take photos of anything that caught our attention. Long story short, I had the best photos in the class and I remember my teacher telling me that I shouldn’t stop shooting. I started shooting every day with my little digital camera, also learned how to develop film in the darkroom. My love for film photography started with the photography class. I’ve been shooting since 2009 and it has been the best thing ever. Through photography, I’ve met so many amazing people, built lifelong relationships, traveled the world and life lessons.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The journey hasn’t been easy at all. There have been times that I wanted to quit photography or remove all my photos from the Internet. Social media can you make feel like that sometimes like you’re not doing enough or when you send emails to publications to do work and you get no response. In all, I always had to remember why I started. Obstacles will always be in front of you, what matters is that you keep going.

Lawrence Agyei – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a portrait photographer and what sets me apart from others is that I create from the heart.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is being at peace, mentally, everything else is a plus.

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Image Credit:
Grace & Anai, Steven Onoja, Grace Lul, Essence Taylor

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