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.
I have learnt to live my life the fearless way. Whatever I do, I do without fear, knowing I am more than a conqueror. Put me in a cage with a lion and I will stare it down to a kitty. Polar bear? I will show it why they make cute toys. One fear that I’m yet to conquer is that of heights. Yes, I have serious acrophobia. That’s why I can’t be an angel.
A quiet day at the office yesterday was interrupted by a pat on my shoulder by Allan Gichigi. He’d been invited to see some BMX riders doing their thing on the KICC Helipad. I quickly cleared my schedule and tagged along. I didn’t have my camera on me, only my Xperia Z1 which I decided to shoot with.
After five years of shooting weddings, I’ve decided to call it a day and concentrate on other projects. It’s been a joyous season which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to even more fun as I move on to kissing every corner of Africa with my camera.
I was ‘pushed’ into wedding photography by a guy called Mulika who saw my concert photos on Flickr. He called me up, met me and insisted I shoot his wedding. That was in November 2009, when blogging was for the techies and Facebook was photo unfriendly. Today, as I turn my back to the huge task of capturing memorable moments on the day when two become one, I’d like to share what I’ve learnt over the years when it comes to choosing a wedding photographer.
The development of cycling in Kenya has stagnated over the years due to lack of proper leadership, talent management and a list of other grievances that makes many wonder why the Kenya Cycling Federation are still in office. But today wasn’t a day to focus on these. It was a day to celebrate the best Kenyan talent at the Koffee Trophee.
Photography looks easy but it isn’t. It’s not just about picking up a camera one day and becoming a pro the next. It takes weeks, months and even years of learning, making mistakes, being blasted by clients, picking yourself up, dusting yourself and mustering the courage to continue shooting.
A very good day to you!
This week’s wallpaper comes from the Athi 4 X 4 Challenge that was held in March. What stood out for me was the determination each driver had to conquer the obstacles in their way, no matter how impossible they looked to them and their machines. And when they did conquer, there was delight all round, starting from the excitement within their hearts, spreading to high fives with their navigators, and deafening cheers from spectators who showered them with heaps of praise. Even when the challenges proved too much to conquer, the spectators still cheered the drivers, acknowledging the great effort.
Hello and welcome to this week’s wallpaper!
As we celebrate Easter, I’d like to share this image of a sunrise over Mt Kenya from Ol Pejeta Conservancy. May this new dawn remind you of Christ’s resurrection and reassure you that because you are in Christ and Christ in you, and since not even the grave could hold Him back, nothing – not even the fear of death – should hold you back from experiencing his love!
Despite many Kenyans ‘going digital’, farming still remains our major economic activity, employing and providing for the livelihoods of more people than any other industry in the country. For the last six months, I’ve had the privilege to get off the super highways and onto the unpaved roads leading to farms that produce what will be on your plate this evening. This was thanks to USAID through the Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project that is implemented by Fintrac.
As far as shooting weddings goes, this was a very special one to me because it was the union of two very good friends whom I’ve known for a very long time.
I believe it is Njeri whom I met first, when she hijacked my camera from me when I was shooting an event at Mavuno and started clicking away without even introducing herself. She later became a second shooter at several weddings I shot. Marcus on the other hand did introduce himself at a separate event, still at Mavuno, where he was the MC. Fast forward several years and here I was, on their wedding day, capturing the end of their separate lives and start of their lives as The Olang’s.