UP MAGAZINE Vol 7.07 Photography Issue - Page 21

cover PHOTOGRAPHY P hotography is the art of creating an image or a story from a collection of images where patterns, colour and light come together in the frame in a way that speaks to the viewer, waking them up to something bigger than themselves to experience something deep and beautiful in a unique way. An image that does that for me is an image that works and hopefully will be around forever. I strive for this with every frame I make. So is it skill, is it the eye or connection to humanity? It has to be all of these plus that little extra something, what’s known as the ‘X-factor’, that extra bit of magic that finds its way into ones work. Photography is a perfect blend of art and science. Skill is the science – there is no excuse for not knowing all that is possible to know about ones camera, technology, methods of shooting, the theory of photography; and art – one’s eye, the ability to see moments as they unfold in front of our eyes and be able to frame and capture them as we intended. When I’m behind the lens I look for the way colour and pattern come together to tell a story. Sometimes it can be a simple as telling a landscape story, of the city at dawn, as it wakes with the sun rising behind it. Always I try to tell a larger narrative, the narrative of inspiration, hope and beauty. It sounds like a cliché but really my on-going drive is to find a way through photography to connect to my fellow human beings by reminding us what a beautiful place we live in, how important nature, clean air, space for our children to play, is in our lives. I want my images to help us connect with our fellow humankind, to understand how their lives are and how important it is that we be our best so that we can make this world a better place for us all, especially our children. I was born and raised in Nairobi city. The city I remember of the 1980s wasn’t particularly clean, there