Get to know Mohamed Abdulle, the founder of Take More Photos
We talk to the Soho Works London member about his current projects and how he finds inspiration
Mohamed Abdulle is an Instagram native who’s gained recognition through his social media profile and persona, @mabdulle. Since becoming well-known among the creative ‘cool’ crowd, he’s been busy with major projects. From photographing Stormzy on his ‘Gang Signs and Prayers’ tour, to working with global super brands such as adidas, Apple, Beats by Dre, NET-A-PORTER and Nike, Abdulle has firmly established himself as a leading voice among this new wave of hot content creators in the UK.
In 2018, he launched Take More Photos; a worldwide creative community, platform and studio for anyone and everyone that wants to #TakeMorePhotos. With a global collective of shooters, directors, makers and creators to collaborate, share and inspire one another as a global community, it’s the go-to place for brands and creatives to meet.
How did you get where you are today?
‘By leaving my comfort zone, making a lot of mistakes, learning from them, never giving up, and believing in my sauce.’
What are you currently working on?
‘Projects with London creatives about their life and culture through different mediums that people use to express themselves.’
2020 was a strange year – what’s inspiring you at the moment?
‘It was definitely a funny year. I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration lately through friends and movies, especially international films.’
Favourite quote/ words to live by?
‘You’re a human being capable of achieving anything, the internet has all the information you need, believe in your sauce, and the only person that will stop you is yourself.’
What do you do when you’re stuck for inspiration?
‘Honestly, whenever I’m stuck for inspiration, I just take a step back or even have a break. Inspiration can’t be forced, but you also can’t rely on it. It comes and goes, so that’s probably why I try to power through even when I’m uninspired.’
What challenge did you face in 2020 and how did you overcome it?
‘Adapting my creativity to everything that’s been happening in the world. I went back to basics and worked on my weaknesses, while also focusing and improving on my strengths.’
What are your three essentials for a productive day?
‘Waking up early, a good breakfast, and doing better than yesterday.’