Well hasn’t this been an interesting journey. So much has happened over the year I don’t even know where to start. Very good friendships and contacts have been made, This has been a year of lots of self discovery that has made me shape up my craft as the year progressed. This is not to forget the massive creative block I had for majority of the final half of the year, but it is lifting and more work will be put out in the coming year. A number of challenges however arose that for some time almost crippled my creative journey but from those challenges I rose up even more energized to make more art. A number of landmark achievements have been made too, including having the opportunity to meet one of New York’s best photographers José Silva. This was just one among many and I will share some of them with you.
Let’s start this with a bang shall we. My camping trip to Lake Elementaita is by far the most exciting and most memorable moments I have had in 2015. The trip was made possible by Rahim from Megapixel Productions who organised a Landscape Photography workshop. In the company of close to 22 creatives, it was one very interesting experience and got to learn a lot in the process. This workshop made my time even better when we decided to stop over at the Kinale Forest on our way back to Nairobi, which is one place I would love to go and explore more and more as it is really beautiful.
Sanaa Story has been one of the organisations that have made this year one very interesting year for me. Through their meet ups, I have managed to get to experience and appreciate art in a very different way. These meet ups have also made me create relationships that have been really helpful in my creative journey. One of these meet ups that really intrigued me was one held at the Paa Ya Paa Gallery in Kiambu. I highly advise that you visit the place if you get the chance.
As the year progressed by, lots of learning in the craft has taken place. A year back I was only ‘dying inside’ every time I used to see light trails and night photography shots on my Instagram feed. Then after getting a few tips, i managed to do some using a point and shoot camera. Something I never thought was possible till the day I got my first shot. i can still remember the excitement I had when that picture finished loading. Looking back, yes it has been an interesting learning curve.
Then came that time that Airtel Kenya sponsored an Instameet with one very powerful theme. Being in the city by 6:00 am on a Sunday morning is no joke, but it was well worth it. Some of my best portraits were created then. Also, Sunday Morning is one of the best times to take street shots if your focus is mainly the buildings and the empty streets. they provide a very serene look.
Then, the Total Motorshow came through in October. It was by far one of my most random shoots ever. Armed only with my phone, I managed to squeeze some shots from the event. These photos were uploaded on my Tumblr blog with a twist, I had one post in full color and the other one in black and white (that I dubbed the Black Edition).
The month of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, had me do a collaboration project with a very dear friend of mine called Zynzii. She has been on my blog a number of times if you may not have noticed by now. The project sought to get personal stories from Breast Cancer victors and how the society has been on the matter this far. The project was a success and we do hope that it changed someone’s perception out there that may have gone through it.
Coming closer to the end of the year I had a very interesting week that involved me travelling with a bunch of kids to places around Nairobi as part of their holiday escapades. This gave me the chance to go to the Nairobi National Park, a place that I had been postponing a lot to get a chance to document the wildlife in the park. I had a very interesting experience, that I shared with you here. I also had the opportunity to go to the Lukenya Hill located to the south of Nairobi and got to experience one of my best moments there.
One of my most recent experiences was the Pawa Festival that was held on 20th December. Organised by Pawa254, the festival was a showcase of various forms of art. From Street Grafitti to photography, to poetry and live music. All this was happening in the middle of Koinange Street in Nairobi. The different stands showcasing their work had some good stuff and the live performances were just mind blowing. I would certainly not mind it at all if such events would be organised more often.
2015 has been a year of landmark victories, devastating tragedies, and moments worth keeping. A year where I believe I have truly grown in professionalizing my craft. The journey is far from over as more is to be explored, As you end your year today, wherever you will be counting down to the New Year, appreciate what you have achieved this far, no matter how small. The regrets you have, are they keys in unlocking greater opportunities in the future. So don’t dwell much on them but use them as lessons to do better.
There are a number of people I wish to give thanks to for seeing me through the journey this year. Zynzii, Moreey, Paul, Victor, Maryanne (who’s on the header image), Hilda and my parents. I don’t think I could get through this creative journey this year without their input and for that I really appreciate it. Now I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year 2016 and keep the peace wherever you may be.