The health of many Ghanaians, each day depend mostly on medical professionals who receive long and in-depth training. They are only about 3,500 of such and fall short of the World Health Organization’s standards of 1:5,000 doctor to patient ratio.
This situation puts medical doctors in an overwhelming situation to provide health care from the consulting room to the bed side. Interestingly Joseph Livingstone finds these demands a routine than a challenge. DextDee, as he is popularly known, is a full time photographer even after receiving a six year medical training.
After completing his secondary education at the Prempeh College in Kumasi, DextDee had the opportunity to travel to China for holidays and subsequently enroll at the Dalian Medical University.
It was there DextDee’s passion for photography began to grow. He acquired his first dslr and went out almost each day on the streets to photograph people and events.
Having graduated successfully in 2014, he returns home and worked a short while at the 37 Millitary hospital, Alpha medical hospital, and Asafo Adjei hospital in Kumasi. He also decided to do more than he was trained for; an athlete and a sound engineer, setting up acoustic systems and treatment for institutions who require of him.
The DextDee photography brand has grown to become more than one person to a team of Dee’s, the company’s branding. They are 4 in total; Orange Dee, Purple Dee, Green Dee and Blue Dee.
The Adukrom born young, confident and daring creative man photographs many faces each day and appear on quite a number of platforms. One of such image is that of popular Ghanaian actress Ama K Abebrese.
and a portrait of Doris, which appeared in the DIY photography website and also on the BBC.
DextDee’s studio is set out of a garage and guarded with a heavy padlock but indeed a hub of very striking images.
The DIY photography website in a a special feature, describes DextDee perfectly as he would advise any upcoming photographer; ”Do not be caught with GAS aka Gear Acquisition Syndrome”. He is an example of a talented professional who get the best done without spending a fortune on high end gear to shoot in the studio.
For his gears, DextDee uses a Nikon D5100 and a D7000 and lenses, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D and 35mm f/1.8G, along with the 18-55mm kit lens and a 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 with the 85mm f/1.8 his favourite.
DextDee Livingstone, likes to teach and mentor others on photography. He has a few people who enroll with him for photography lessons. ”I really like to teach, I get to learn more when I do this” he narrated.
”I am definitely going to get back to the Consulting room, possibly in a year’s time” he tells me.
Very close to his heart of photography are portraits for both commercial and private clients but a master of what anyone needs via the lens.
Until then Dee believes he is in a league of his own and wants to be a leader for unique concepts in photography.
DextDee is scared meeting a queue at the consulting room upon his return thus advises everyone to “eat right, sleep well, exercise the body”.
(Images not otherwise specified from DextDee)
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.