Author: Wanjiku N. M | Editor and Founder of TDS | Twitter: @WanjikuNM
This month, we took an exciting journey through the lens. We were truly excited to begin this month by introducing our very first Feature Series. We began with our May Photography Series where we introduced you to some of our Kenyan photographers who have shared their journeys. We also discuss what to know about the photography business in Kenya and other inspirational tidbits to celebrate the talent within our borders and this continent. We decided to take May and dedicate it to photography, a growing industry in Kenya, with many talented people whose experiences and talent may just inspire the next best. The best way to learn is from others.
Why this series? Photographers are an integral part of any fashion industry and their voice cannot be ignored, or shall we, their images. You pass by hundreds of billboards and magazine images without truly knowing who is behind them. They are able to give us a different perspective on issues, clothes, and even create a surreal space through imagery.
We gave you a two part feature on the fashion lifestyle photographs of Victor Peace Part I and Part II expounding on his journey and finding a sense of purpose. Part I “From Advertising Department Head to Photographer” and Part II on Sebastian’s views on the “Growing Culture of Photography and his Views.” Sebastian Wanzalla lets us into his world, a man who strives to remain true to himself, which flows into his work.
The design photograph agency, Magiq Lens Kenya who strive to create “out of the box” photography was split into three parts. Magic Lens Part I took us through the brand’s essence of thinking outside the studio and Part II was looking into the fear of trying new things. Lastly, Magiq Lens in Part III dispensed wisdom like m&m’s for which we are incredibly inspired and thankful . Check out Fear & Desire by Magiq Lens Editorial Shoot. Ben Kiruthi who has chosen to capture the moment few are chosen to witness as two people come together in love. Check out Ben Kiruthi’s work for Wambui Mukenyi’s Bridal Collection 2014. We finish off the feature with a a showcase of Osbourne Macharia, letting the imagery speak for itself.
Kenya is a truly beautiful and inspiring country to capture. With a cityscape photograph is a blend of a city buzzing through below to the distant planes of peace standing still and majestic which are the Ngong Hills. To jaw dropping beaches and hill ranges, Kenya is a photographic opportunity. Who better than photographers to do that?
Nowadays, there is tricky balance between showcasing your work, where to share it and how to protect yourself from copyright infringement. Photography may be your hobby but nothing stops you from turning your hobby into a business, if that is where you want to be. Like any art form, you need to be vigilant. Vigilance extends itself to business practice, knowing who your clients are and how to protect yourself. This month, we will introduce you to the Photography Association of Kenya (PAK).
This month ended with our Omar Victor Diop (Senegal) Africa Feature on Photographers in Africa whose work is interrogative and intriguing, prospective, yet a tad vintage and draws inspiration from Diop’s international uplifting, as well as his African visual heritage. We had some inspirational videos ranging from an insight into the Fashion Editors of Vogue US, and Boniface Mwangi TED Talk.
May was such a good month for us and we are truly excited to share it with you. We hope that you drew inspiration from our TDS Photography Series.
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Have a great weekend everyone!