I spent most of last week in Abuja, shooting at The Nordic Villa. While flying there from Nairobi, I flipped through my Msafiri and found an article recommending what to do while in Nigeria. Since I had one free day before returning to Nairobi, I immediately had a plan to take in some Nigerian beauty.
I remember this day quite clearly: it was Saturday 17th October 2009; there was an Oliver Mutukudzi concert going down at Bomas and the JAB 82 launch at GoDown Arts Centre; I was torn between the two and I’m glad I made the better choice. JAB’s sound was still relatively new in a country where many forms of Benga dominated the airwaves, so their fan base was small, but very dedicated. Actually, the concert felt more like a gathering of friends of the JAB lead members, Jim Chuchu, Bildad Selanga and Daniel Muli.
One of the things I love about photography is the ability to combine it with travel, which is another of my passions. So when I was told about the opportunity to travel to Nanyuki and shoot for Goshen Acquisition’s investment brief, I was super elated. Plus, there was the opportunity to put the Phantom 2 to work. I was like ‘Let’s do this!’
According to Wikipedia, a supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. It’s a spectacle that was witnessed by many the world over today, including a lucky few in Kenya.
Nairobi’s beauty lurks behind every corner. It takes a keen eye to see it, and an adventurous leg to find it. Take Uhuru Park for example: it is no more than a clearing in a concrete jungle, yet presents countless beauty options, each calling on you to click away at them.
In May 213, I got an email from the Akvo team in Nairobi asking me if I was available to shoot some portraits for their Partner Heroes. These are individuals who use Akvo tools to work more efficiently everyday. You can find out more about these tools here. The brief was very creative, requiring the Heroes to be shot with a white screen behind them. The shots were not to be tight, but wide enough to capture the Heroes’ environments. After discussing the brief further on phone, we picked a day when we were to shoot at the UN office in Gigiri, Nairobi.
Bujumbura is Burundi’s commercial and administrative capital. Surrounded by rift valley hills on one side and Lake Tanganyika on the other, it is a pleasant town to tour. It’s main attraction – hands down – are the beautiful beaches, reputed to be some of the best inland in Africa.
This image from Turkana graces the 53rd issue of the African Screens Wallpaper Series. This means you can now have a different wallpaper for your device every week for a whole year! When the series started in June 2013, I thought it would be easy. I went through my library of images, selected about 80 that could make great wallpapers and without much planning, hit the internet superhighway, only to find bumps, barriers and detours.
Motor Sports is one of the most challenging activities to shoot. Over and above aperture, shutter speed and ISO considerations, there’s also safety – yours and your subjects’. In an attempt to get the most captivating photo, you can end up staring at a hospital ceiling or send the driver / rider into the ditches.
Located west of Nairobi and east of Naivasha, Mt Longonot is a spectacle to behold as you cruise along the A104. It is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s and gets it’s name from the Maasai word oloonong’ot which translates into steep ridges or mountain of many spurs. Just by looking at it, you immediately know why.
Kenya has at many times been referred to as the World’s Safari Capital, with a number of prime options to spot wildlife roaming freely in its natural habitat. In today’s developing world where concrete is fast replacing anthills, steel outgrowing trees and cars surpassing animals, being in a Kenyan park is something to marvel about.
Nairobi is a city that without much effort manages to be beautiful no matter what time of day you visit it. The way people from very different places on the planet interact and punctuate the city’s architecture creates scenes begging to be photographed, from sunrise to sunrise.