Most people know actor Kofi Siriboe as the youngest sibling on OWN’s hit series, Queen Sugar. What most people don’t know is that when he’s not in front of the camera playing Ralph Angel, he’s often behind it. Kofi picked up a camera six years ago and hasn’t put it down since. What started as sibling emulation as a teenager, has turned into a passion for the recently turned 23-year-old actor.
Here’s what life looks like through the eyes of Kofi Siriboe.
KY: What drew you into photography?
KOFI: My older brother. My older brother got a camera and started showing me and you know how that younger brother syndrome is… “I can shoot.. I want to shoot!” So I started shooting and doing my thing. At that point it was bigger than just a mimic. It was passion. Same reason why I’m an actor; I love characters, storytelling, visual photography, cinematography. Being able to capture a moment and be the director of that moment…it doesn’t really get better than that!
KY: How long have you been doing photography?
KOFI: Since I was 16 years old. It really started growing around the same time social media started taking off. I started curating my vibe. I started looking at other people’s work from places like Dubai, London, and Africa. That’s the cool part about social media–you can see everything. So once I started doing that, I started realizing how much it meant to me. 5, 6, 7 years later it’s a passion of mine. A genuine passion.
KY: Who’s your muse?
KOFI: My muse is whatever is natural. Rather it’s trees or just a human being who’s very comfortable with their insecurities. I’m all about the moment. I feel like that’s why I gravitate towards nature. Nature always is what it is. It doesn’t try to put on for you. It doesn’t pose for you. That’s something as human beings we can learn from; being your truth and allowing other human beings to capture that.
KY: Acting or photography…what do you want to be best known for?
KOFI: To be honest, I don’t want to be known for anything. I want to be known for being truthful and sharing wealth and sharing our stories. But if I had to choose, I would choose acting because acting contributes to the progress of photography. You can’t be an actor without a Digital VP, director, etc. I like acting because I want to create a movie one day where I’m in charge of the visuals. Such as a director of photography. I want it to be all me.
KY: Which one is your number one love?
KOFI: Acting. Wait. It’s 50/50. Photography serves a whole ‘nother purpose in my life. And so does acting. My hope and dream and prayer is that they are able to merge and become one. In a few years I just pray that I’m able to be the actor I wish to be and be the photographer I wish to be, all in the same moment. That way I don’t have to choose between my two loves. I can’t have photography being mad at acting! *laughs*
KY: So, what do you want to do next?
KOFI: Not only do I want to be in front of the screen but I also want to contribute behind the screen. I want to write. I want to produce. I want to create those stories that I’ve lived and that I’ve seen my friends live and bring them to the mainstream. There’s a lot I want to do next, but that’s the main thing. To tell stories about us.