Two years ago, I had this simple idea — To post one photo each day, of places I went to in Lagos. I created a tumblr — randomlagos.tumblr.com and uploaded random photos of places in Lagos. The photos weren’t professional or edited, I just pull out my phone and take a picture — Pretty straightforward.
Fast-forward to today, I opened the blog I hadn’t opened in a while and noticed how some places in the pictures looked different from how they do today.
I immediately remembered a photo I saw on Twitter, comparing how Broad Street looked in 1951 and Now, and I wondered how these places would look in 60 years.
I also remembered the messages I received on Tumblr from Nigerians outside the country who had left the country requesting locations where I should take pictures of. Following the blog showed them what home looked like — without the fancy lenses & photo filters.
I think this is an idea worth exploring, there’s some value here. I’m thinking of building on the idea & see where it takes me. I’ve registered the domain name randomlagos.com.
Please if you have suggestions, I would love to hear them.
Originally published at ernestojeh.com on December 2, 2015.