Q&A: Isabel Okoro — e·ter·ni·ty /əˈtərnədē/ noun

27.08.20

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? – I tell myself every day I wake up to try and be better. Try and be kinder to myself, try to appreciate people more. Just try to be a better person than you were yesterday. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? – I think it depends on where society is at that point in time. The same way a lot of young people right now can’t imagine life without, say, the internet… I think there’ll be something new that pops up that future generations will deem as vital and be surprised at how we worked without it. Are you aware of any conspiracies? – Not really. I get scared and anxious a lot so I stay away from conspiracies. Although, right now I know of the Wayfair one where people have been saying wardrobes on Wayfair are being sold and used for child trafficking. What is it that interests you about photography? – Telling stories. What is the worst thing about city life? – I live in the suburbs thankfully, but when I go downtown I hate how fast everything is. What part of the planet would you like to explore? – I’d like to eventually travel to every country in Africa.

Pick a field of science to be an expert within. – I’m a Neuroscience x Psych major but I’m definitely not an expert yet. But I’d like to be an expert in psychology because it informs everything else. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? – Whenever I’m in Lagos and I go out without my camera because I think I don’t need it then something pops up and I’m like…damn. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. – Food tasting. How often do you take other people’s advice? – Barely. I take it into consideration but I usually just do what I want. I trust my intuition. What is the best way to educate yourself? – Reading. Putting things into context. Forming your own opinions. What is the next book you want to read? – The famished road by Ben Okri. What object do you want? – Right now I want a Mamiya 7 LOL. What object do you need? – A Mamiya 7. Describe a cheap thrill. – Laughing with friends. Pick a historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. – Nigeria’s independence day in 1960. Which talent would you most like to have? – Lighting (currently learning as much as I can) and producing music. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? – Reply emails, watch The Legend of Korra & Normal people, order takeout. Sleep.

Based between Toronto, Ontario, and Lagos, Nigeria. Currently in Toronto. Senior at the University of Toronto – Neuroscience & Psychology Double Major. Visualising an imagined world, Eternity, as a space to immortalize family, friends & those I meet along the way.

To see more of Isabel Okoro’s work visit — Website / Instagram.