If you do not like what is being said, change the conversation. #ThisIsMyKenya
Whereas Kenya, like any other country, faces her own share of challenges, those challenges are not what defines us. We have both the good and the bad. So this year, Safaricom Kenya took matters into it’s own hands and sort to paint a positive image of our country. There are lots of hidden treasures in plain sight everywhere. We were sent to find them, to unearth them and flaunt them to the world. We were to sent out to tell the story of This Is My Kenya.
This year, we did things a little differently from the last two Capture Kenya challenges. This year, they introduced protégés to tag along and learn from the pro photographers. Each the teams that were selected to peel back the mask of negativity misrepresenting our country were composed of a professional photographer, a protégé, a blogger and a producer.
We said our kwaheris to each other on the 11th of September 2015 and went out on our separate adventures. Along the way, I told my version of This Is My Kenya in words. The photographers did the same through their lenses; changing perceptions by the click of their cameras and with every shutter, with every click, they cleared the dense, black smoke that clouds people’s judgement.
The essence of this project was to drive home one point; that a narrow focus tells a different story than a story told from a wider perspective. The images from This Is My Kenya expeditions were compiled into the Safaricom Coffee Table Book as well as the Safaricom 2016 calendar.
Take a look.
Santur Village | Allan Gichigi & Kokan
What do you see? A barren landscape…
Mzima Springs | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo
Do you see confrontation? Or…
Bachuma | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo
Hippo Bay | Migwa Nthiga & Joe Kiragu
Do you see reefs cast adrift? Or..
Mtito Andei | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo
Alone and neglected? Or…
...smiles that light up lives?
Mombasa | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo
Anchored in the past? Or…
Loiyanglani | Allan Gichigi & Kokan
A desolate village, Or…
…the splendor of Kenyan lands
Kilimambogo Village | Allan Gichigi & Kokan
Are these asking for help? Or..
Diani | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo
Is there nothing special here? Or..
Kisumu | Migwa Nthiga & Joe Kiragu
Are these primitive crafts? Or…
Lake Turkana | Allan Gichigi & Kokan
Lost as sea? Or…
Old Town Mombasa | Osborne Macharia & Emmanuel Thuo
Today’s hustle? Or…
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You can find these amazing images on the Google App Store; This Is My Kenya App . Also, if you want to know how the app works, here is a video for your knowledge and delight. Have fun.