Bending over backwards: Prince Gyasi’s best phone picture

‘The boxes on the women’s heads represent packages, like the gifts women give to the world’

Prince Gyasi saw letters and words as colours long before he realised he had synaesthesia. “I was in primary school before I heard the word, but the signs were there. My mum says that as a baby I tried to eat paint and chew fabrics, as if I wanted to taste colour.”

Raised in Jamestown, a fishing district in Accra, Ghana, the photographer cites his gospel-singing fashion designer mother, Abena Serwaa Ophelia, as his inspiration. As with this photograph, much of his early work focuses on mothers and looks to “give flowers to the women who are breaking their backs for people like me to have a good life”.

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