Based in Washington, D.C, Messay Shoakena is a freelance photographer who grew up in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Kenya, Cameroon and the United States. Through his travels to various countries, he has developed a strong appreciation of different cultures and their beauty which he shares through his street photography work. In addition to several online publications and blogs, his photography work has been featured in the The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Washington Examiner,Der Spiegel Magazine and The Ford Foundation.
Light & Shadow
My street photography work focuses mainly on the contrast between light and shadow. I am driven to create images where the symphony of colors, people, shadows and lines work together to show a semblance of order in highly congested and at times chaotic city environments. These images show photographs that were made in Washington, DC and New York City between 2015 and 2016.