We had the good fortune of connecting with Moses Asomaning and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Moses, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Life is all about risks. From inventing all the way up to creativity. You never know how something will be unless you try. Kobe Bryant once said that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. That being said I believe that taking risks has helped me tremendously with my career starting with just the purchase of my first camera. That was the biggest risk of my life. My friends were encouraging me to get into photography and I honestly liked taking pictures but I never knew it would be to the extent of me purchasing a camera. From there I learned the meaning of what Kobe said and I tried to implement it into almost anything I do whether it be with relationships or my careers/hobbies. Ever since I have taken that risk though, I have gotten better and better at photography and now I’m on my 3rd camera. I definitely do encourage everyone to take risks because who knows you can stumble upon the next rising stock or next rising crypto, you might find your next partner or you just might stumble across the best thing you’ve ever found in life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a photographer that likes to capture portraits and many other types of shots. Mainly right now I try to capture streetwear and some street photography. I believe that what I do with photography and bending the rules to make it see fit is what sets me apart from other people whether it be from the composure of the shot down to the way that I manipulate certain lighting situations. I feel like the way I creatively direct on the fly is also a plus! Something that I deem my greatest feat in photography so far is a shoot that I did in a bathtub that I made look like it was shot in a swamp and it was used as a feature in a fashion show. It was actually so good people wanted to purchase prints off me and I’ve never been there before. At first it wasn’t easy because I had to figure out the best way to give off the swamp look without having the tub show and also having the lighting seem realistic to symbolize a swamp setting. With a good amount of shots I finally got the perfect shot. It’s not about how long it takes it’s about getting that one shot and that’s what I did. Some lessons I learned is that you have to be patient with yourself and if you’re shooting a model with the model as well. People are always nervous even me at times to this day. I get nervous shooting random people in the street but I just kind of put it behind me and do what I have to do. Especially because I do suffer from some social anxiety it really helps when I put that energy into the art that I create.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So in NYC, if someone was visiting the area first I would take them to Brooklyn Bridge Park. I just think that the park is a very calm way to introduce the city with stunning views and a lot of great vibes. The park also has many different restaurants around that taste amazing. Afterwards, I would definitely take them to the Brooklyn Museum to visit the Kaws exhibit. I’m a streetwear fanatic so showing them that would kind of make them grasp the culture of NYC. Afterwards I would take them to SoHo. This is one of the shopping districts in Manhattan where many people go to shop and also take some really nice pictures! Afterwards I’d probably take my friend to a Knicks game because how can you come to the Mecca and not go to a knicks game. The last place that I would take my friend is to Times Square to see all the lights and all of the landmarks there.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely want to shout out my friends. It’s a long list of them that encouraged me to continue and even the newer friends who joined the journey and kept encouraging me to not give up when things get rough and that’s something that comes when you take risks in life it’s not always going to go how you expect. So thank you to all my friends!
I love y’all.
(Ralph, Jordan, Edmund, Sam, Osa, Arnell, Moe, Elijah, Derek, Osei, Smoove, HD, Mike, Jeff, JJB, Tiffany, Yves, Jermel, Jada, Gabe, Yuri… The list goes on and on) Everyone who’s in my life I definitely appreciate you and when I make it i’m definitely going to take you guys all to the top with me!
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