Photographs impact our lives daily. They are powerful tools with the ability to transform minds and lives. Researching on Ghana and Africa on the world wide web has always been a tedious and daunting task prior to social media, with very little documentation and positive imagery  to access and reference. Now with platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, that has changed tremendously, offering rapid dissemination of information and pictures and with it, the ability to get quick feedback. As an architectural student, getting visual data, particularly on current developments going on in Ghana was almost impossible, so discovering the works of photographers like Yaw Pare and Steve Ababio was  relief. They not only capture iconic buildings and spaces in Ghana and parts of Africa but also capture the daily nuances of being a Ghanaian and African. Their images have come to mean a lot to people, particularly  those who are away from the motherland.

Theirs is a work fueled by passion, by a quest to create a database of the good in Ghana, of the good in Africa, to educate, to draw the attention of the locals to the vast, amazing and beautiful resources we have in our country and continent. In a growing generation of photojournalists, architectural and landscape photographers, Yaw Pare and Steve Ababio stand out as leaders who are effecting change through images.

In 2015, Yaw Pare started the Facebook page, Random Ghana Pics, where he daily posts sites around Ghana, whether of the growing urbanscape of Accra, the historical castles in the Western and Central Regions of Ghana,a funeral or wedding, or the breathtaking resorts and natural landscapes across the country. He also founded Hawt Tours GH, a local travel and tour company, organizing trips around the country and giving people experiences of places they never imagined existed in Ghana. Together both groups have over 30,000 followers.

Earlier this year, Yaw Pare was commissioned by the Ghanaian Times Newspaper to cover the burial ceremony of Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III, King of Akropong, Akuapem. A ceremony that was attended by hundreds of dignitaries, both state and traditional, each image vividly captured the unique Akan culture of sending the departed into the next life, particularly this prominent figurehead in Akuapem.

Yaw Pare is elevating tourism in Ghana out of his own free will because he chooses to see the good in Ghana. By emphasizing the good, the mindset is changed. Here, we talk to Yaw Pare about his work and vision.