Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland, Oluferanmi “Feranmi” Quadri, also known as CubedQ, is a photographer based in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and the DMV, metropolitan area. His appreciation for the art of photography was developed at a young age from the amount of time he spent as the appointee for capturing moments at family events and special occasions. Since then his relationship with the art has grown into an unconditional love for what he does. Driven by the burning passion he has for his craft and the inspiration he uses to fuel his endeavors, Feranmi continues to create with the primary objective of showing the universal beauty of life and the many forms it comes in while adding his own perspective in the mix.
Feranmi is a photographer who uses creation as an outlet to make his images feel as warm and visually appealing as possible. Images are meant to draw the viewer’s eyes in and his personal objective is to greet the eyes with open arms—meaning that he aims to make his images as welcoming and aesthetically pleasing as possible. Using Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop for post processing, he alters the color palette of the original image in a way that produces a tonally warm and calming feeling while not making the colors look so manufactured that the feeling of reality is lost within the composition. An underlying and recurring theme in his works is the portrayal of a reality that is saturated with surrealism.
When did you get your first camera?
“I got my first point-and-shoot camera back in middle school but it wasn’t until the 10th grade that I actually bought my first DSLR. The DSLR was a Nikon D3100 and I got it because I wanted to further explore “light painting,” which is a concept that involves combining lights and long camera exposures to produce an interesting light trailing effect.”
Has your work been featured anywhere unique?
“My work has been featured in an article by a magazine called The Outlet, that’s about it.”
What motivates/inspires your photography?
“Every day I’m motivated by the fact that there’s still so many things in life to see that I can capture and show to people who may not be able to see them. The thought of getting people to understand my perspective on life is enough inspiration to keep me doing what I do.”
Where do you see yourself with photography in 10 years?
“In 10 years, I can see myself either being the friend that everyone hires to capture their special events because they know I always come through with the greatest shots or I’ll just be a freelance photographer who continues to focus mainly on the ideas I want to bring to life.”
What can we expect from you in the near future?
“Over the course of the next year or so I plan to come up with new concepts at least one every month or two. I don’t want to say too much in regards to my plans but anyone who follows my work can expect me to be more active with fresh ideas on a consistent basis”
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