When looking for their next big project, Senegalese photographers Omar Victor Diop and Antoine Tempé decided to pick something close to their hearts – western cinema.
The pair long adored Hollywood classics like Thelma and Louise, American Beauty and Pulp Fiction – and hit upon the idea of reframing these flicks in a Senegalese location, using local actors. ONOMOllywood is the result.
The series of 20 striking images features a cast who comprise a representative sample of the cultural scenes that one would find if they were to visit Dakar and Abidjan today, while the locations all belong to a single Senegalese hotel chain, ONOMO.
Explaining the unusual project setting, Tempé says: “I’ve always been fascinated by hotels; for the traveler, they are ephemeral places, where adventures begin or end, where journeys unfold.
“For this project I viewed them as canvasses where I could make new places, new people and new styles meet.”