I getting to see how other photographers direct and light their subjects is a good way to learn a couple of tricks, so last week I did learn a handful at Onetouch (sort of a workshop/shootschool/photog`s get together… ) . A picture is worth a thousand words so here goes a couple of thous.
As the title suggests the roles are reversed here. My models today, are actually photographers Mutua Matheka and Diana Ngila . The shoot went down at Stevekitots Studio. t`was tonnes of fun hanging out with fellow Photographers and twitterati @dianangila @Truthslinger @profkatts @dipwiz @sunnynjeri @shaydest @skubi @Nyingez @SteveKitots @AmungatheGreat @cheepeem and devouring a scrumptious cake.
There is so much to say here but am sort of under pressure at the moment.. got loads of work to clear and deadlines to meet so without further asay…
The past week has been such a hustle, moving out and moving right back in after the courts ordered a status quo as a court case was opened (refer previous post-the end of hmurimi?). The despite the negative side of things a few good things did happen I got hired to shoot lots of images from the building that were marked for demolition I think their owners wanted to have at least some memories of properties they once owned while some were taken to the media or shown to the judges to gain some.. sympathy? I don’t know.
Most of the images I shot were as per brief but I managed to grab my own shots just the way I liked them. this two images were shot from the rear of the building (the front, which I shot most of were fancy with paint and finishing which was not what I was looking for)
Definitely not, but today`s photo bears some symbolism. Yesterday I woke up to sad News on Daily nation. A notice on page 15 gave us up to Monday (31st Jan) to vacate our premises. Apparently the estate my studio is located was under contention and the court had ruled in favour of NYS who claim ownership.
It took lots of time to find this location and lots of efforts in convince the owner to allow me deface the premises to suit my needs. photography requires lots of space so I had to bring down some sections to create space and work on some areas like tiling the floor,partitioning etc.
The landlord refused to give back the Goodwill so finding another location will require lots of time and effort. I`ll take this time to amass my strength and aim higher. Who knows this may be natures way of pushing me off my comfort zone so that I take step higher.
At the moments efforts are being made to get a court injunction so am keeping my fingers crossed.If things don`t work out by today I`ll be packing my equipments tomorrow ( In case you din`t know NYS acquired bulldozers and machinery thrice the size of the ones being used on thika Rd. My guess is the students have been learning demolition in theory so they`re eager to do practicals .
Today`s image is a photo manipulation made from four different images. The buildings you see in this image are amongst the ones to face demolition. Despite being on the edge hmurimi flag will keep on peperuka`ing.