My good friend believes that the more you know, the more you realise that you don’t. What makes a great photograph? Is it one whose aesthetic is pleasing to the eye, one that evokes strong emotion, one containing crucial information; an urgent call to action or one containing all those elements? This question always lingers in my mind, lately more than ever before. Although over the years photography has become something more serious to me; a medium to express myself, share intriguing and extraordinary stories with the world as well as a source of income, I wasn’t aiming for any of that when I first picked up a camera almost six years ago. It was because I was fascinated by photographs and simply enjoyed the action of creating them. With each day, new questions arise questioning my motives behind photography. I know I’m passionate about telling stories but I’m also thrilled whenever I am able to create something, anything. To share that experience with you and the true motive that drew me to this art form, I hope to share such creations. In-between creations; snapshots, shots taken between my projects, experiments, images from projects that I discontinued or ones that didn’t make it to a story edit etc. Maybe I’ll one day group them into different collections, or not. What I am sure of is these creations somehow always seem to communicate to me about life, and it being the experience in-between birth and death. I chose this image to be my first ‘In-between’ entry simply because this was the conversation I was having while drinking coffee with my cousin when I photographed this from their balcony in Rongai, Nairobi on 23rd July 2017.
I was out photographing sports’ influence on my community when I came across young school-going girls in hijab playing basketball in a community field in Kilifi, Kenya on 29th September 2016. The community field sits on land that once belonged to the Kilifi Cashewnut Factory which collapsed in the 90’s due to debt and later sold to a private owner. The company is now in a legal battle against the squatters that have refused to move. They too claim ownership.