Joseph Abbey-Mensah

I am Joseph Abbey-Mensah from Ghana and a graduate from the University of Ghana. Sarf Bort is a pseudonym for my art. I am from a community that consists of rich tradition and culture, so art has always been a part of upbringing. I grew a fond interest in expressing my imaginations through pictures and it has been one of my channels ever since. I view each picture I create like a manifestation. It is like seeing magic occur in real time because it first begins as a thought that gathers several ideas and presents itself in my mind’s eye and then after, I am able to see it manifest in real life through photography.

Every image is a representation of how I think. Being a creative fascinates me even at the end of the day, one unique thing about me is that I do not view my art as the artist, I view it like everyone else, every admiration and every critique I do well to contribute to also. I am flooded with some many ideas every day and to see most of them come to life is simply fascinating. It is hard to put a technique to it because it all takes place in my mind. I like to style my subjects and place them in such a way to bring out the exact replica of my ideas. I am deeply inspired by nature and the culture that surrounds me.

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