By Oluwaseun Ashiru
Siambi Brian (@urbanskript)
He is a unique fashion and travel photographer whose photographs will leave you in awe, and there is always a story behind his pictures. It is such a delight to go through his webpage and portfolio because everything is fascinating and captivating. He has a unique aesthetics and has shot for many magazines, companies and even for his own creative projects. One of his notable projects is the DARK MATTER PROJECT – BEAUTY OF MAN.
He is a Kenyan photographer whose journey into photography started in 2014. His works embrace the African identity and has featured prominent African designers such as Adele Dejak and Chichia among others. His shots are pulpy and full of intention and have this particular poise and verve and always feel new.
Siambi on DARK MATTER PROJECT
The project came about from his collaboration with his good friend Bryan Emry who is a stylist he struggled to find his style in photography and be authentic at the same time. So they started working on fine art fashion projects with local designers and they challenged themselves creatively. The pet project was inspired by showing the beauty of being dark skinned and being proud of it. And by collaborating with different designers they got to show their amazing talents.
If you didn’t know well here you go, Siambi started his photography journey with his mobile phone back in 2014. He is a graphic designer who works with a fashion and lifestyle magazine and part of his job was to direct shoots and that’s where the interest of photography grew. Another of his very good friend Emmanuel Jumbo is one of the leading photographers in Kenya and he encouraged him to pick it up. ‘I started with my phone which lead to owning my own camera and it opened to work opportunities.’- Siambi
Speaking on how amazing it has been to work with some amazing African fashion designers and what the experience has been like. ‘first of all it has been a really humbling and surreal experience I am grateful to Adele Dejak who saw something in me and got me to shoot her new collection, which began what would be an amazing experience shooting fashion photography. Working for different designers has also shown me that creativity, passion and dedication will open a lot of doors.’
The Kenyan creative scene is exciting; says Siambi with a lot of young people pushing creativity to a whole new level from photography, art, animation etc. the scene is at its infancy and its really exciting seeing how young people are redefining it as technology has made the world a global village.
His instagram bio says ‘changing the narrative one photo at a time’ and goes further to explain his statement which basically means he is trying to contribute to the growth of African creative as a photographer, more often people/ clients will bring international photographers do shoot their campaign and yet there are local talents who can do the same work and sometimes even better and I’m trying to show that he and the rest are all on the same level.
He believes in hash tags because #Africarising collectively shows that as a continent, we are rising be it economically, creatively and just as a people, we are working hard to better ourselves. As for #melanin he believes it’s a way of appreciating our dark skin, it has now become a term of pride and women have become more and more confident in their skin.
He believes that its exciting being a young African because as a young people, we have started to challenge the status quo, our parents and grandparents fought for this freedom and now more young people are taking charge of their destiny and questioning what it is being African from art, fashion, politics, and sexuality . We are not afraid to push limits to find our identity and leave a mark in this world and that’s what he hopes to achieve with his work and hopefully leave a legacy.
Check out more of Siambi’s works in the slides above
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