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Beauty & Photography: Kenyan Creators On Our Radar (Pt 1)

‘Will you buy my fish?’ she asked while shivering. the whole island has only one school with only one classroom. Class of 2008 (Photographs by Samir Dave)little boy who was a little scared

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By Oluwaseun Ashiru

Photography is a diverse field encompassing many genres like events, engagements, weddings, architectures and portraits. Kenyan photographers are some of the most inspiring and creative people because of their work ethics, always on the move and working hard on new and exciting projects. Here’s our compilation of a few Kenyan photographers on our radar this festive season:

Samir DaveSamir Dave (@SamDave69): this man is usually always chasing sunrises and sunsets with a camera in hand. He travels the world and takes some awe-inspiring and magical photos. Turn to his phenomenal instagram page and it will keep you glued to your phone or laptops, and you will be travelling the world through his images. He is also a writer. Samir writes about his experiences and photography on his web page. The life and times of a civilized hobo is one of his famous write ups.

Samir tells people that he is a wander-lusting hobo with an affinity to sunrise, sunsets and good (single malt) whiskey. However, he is a corporate slave based out of Nairobi, Kenya who has his mind set on having as many adventures as his body will allow.

He was born and raised in Mombasa, which just like any coastal town, was filled with the good days and better days. His school days were spent looking forward to relaxing by the beach or climbing baobab trees to look for baobab pods (mabuyu) to eat. And as he got older, he spent more time between high school, the Mombasa sports club and his parents catering business where he helped out most nights. He moved to Nairobi in 2000 with the prospects of studying and working and in six months he was sucked into the whirlwind of corporate life and studying was put off.

He describes Nairobi as a world class city that is ripe for development and that the only way one can fail is if one did not work hard enough to achieve the dream. According to him, there is a lot to love about the city from its energy to its vibrancy, from her diversity to how cosmopolitan it is from how aggressive she is to how accommodating her residents are; basically, he loves everything about the city.

Samir Dave

the whole island has only one school with only one classroom. Class of 2008 (Photographs by Samir Dave)

According to him, there are three reasons why Nairobi is worth visiting, the walk around its central business district, which a lot of people find to be a daunting task and if you are street smart and know how to walk the walk and talk the talk, you will have a brilliant time getting the raw of the city.

Secondly, the beauty of Nairobi as seen from rooftops which is an awesome and evident amalgamation of the hustle and bustle of the city and the gorgeous African skies.  Third get acquainted with the inhabitants of the city because the view of the city is only as good as its inhabitants.

Check out some of his works in the slides above

Some of his works are titled:

-The crown of all palaces- Taj Mahal (and some tips on photographing it)

-The Taj Mahal and the slum dog


-How to (not) make money from your photography

-Amongst many others


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