Nana Efua Photography


From the gold coast to the middle of America, Nana's life experiences contribute significantly to her visual style. Growing up in Kumasi, Ghana, the raw nature of life grows from coasts and jungles to the soccer arenas and the British slave forts. Deep emotion is sewn into the faces of those that experience life worlds apart from what we know in America. Nana's photographic style is strong on emotion; her photos seek to capture essence, to tell one's life story in a single frame.

While Nana's style is informed by her African heritage, it is equally shaped by her current surroundings. The gold coast transitioned into the gold prairies of Nebraska, and finally into the golden gate of San Francisco. Through these life transitions, Nana's style has evolved as well. Calm colors and still portraits come to contrast boldness and pop. As a photographer, Nana has taken her life experiences and let them guide her. They guide her to a subject's story, built through many years and many generations, way beyond the person that stands before the lens today. A photo of Nana's is not simply a picture of who you are today, but a portrait of your life story.

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~Ashley Smith

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