FUTURE LAGOS | Lagos through my lense: Tom Saater

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Tom Saater, a documentary photographer, takes us through the streets of Lagos as he transitions, making Lagos his home

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Images By: Tom Saater

Tom Saater is a Nigerian Documentary photographer/Photojournalist and Videographer. He focuses on reportage and social/cultural issues around the world. He has participated and been nominated for a variety of awards including the Magnum Emergency Fund. After travelling the world capturing images in different cities, Tom visited Lagos and has been mesmerized by the vivacity of the city. His excitement of the beauty of Lagos can be seen in his street photography. Since his visit earlier this year, Tom has decided to make Lagos his base and is currently moving to Lagos.

These are some pictures taken on the streets of Lagos in the last six months:

Victoria Island – This year Lagos State Government started on strategic road works in Victoria Island, the link between the rest of Lagos and Eko Atlantic, to ensure the roads can withstand the future traffic loads.



Bar Beach –



Lagos Island – Where colonial architecture sits side by side with 60s, 70s, and 80’s architecture. This is where Lagos, the coastal city, started. Since it’s birth Lagos has expanded to more than four times its original size.




Rainy Season – For this tropical and coastal city, 60% of the year is spent in rainy season. Therefore drainage is an important infrastructural component that is yet to be integrated in to everyday life.



Technology – The mobile phone has leaped frog Nigeria. Smartphones are becoming something of the norm and social media is one of many technology based ways of communication.



Makoko –



You can see more of Tom Saater’s work via:

Instagram: http://instagram.com/tomsaater

Photography: www.tomsaater.com

About FutureLagos

Olamide Udoma is a researcher, writer and filmmaker holding degrees in BSc Architecture, MA Design and MPhil Infrastructure Management. Olamide has worked in London, South Africa and Nigeria with various organisations focusing on transport management, slum upgrading and housing rights in urbanising African cities. At Our Future Cities NPO, she is the Lagos manager and editor.