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White is a colour too!
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White is a colour too

Somehow in the past we have, by a kind of mutual consent, agreed to give each other a colour code. You can argue about the correctness of the colour classification but we agreed on white, black, brown, even yellow. Why then do we accept it when some people are referred to as “people of colour” …

Poverty Porn and The Messiah Syndrome
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Poverty Porn and The Messiah Syndrome

Let me begin on a funny note. Every time I post a reflective thought on Facebook, “friends” unfriend me en masse. Since I shared my latest thoughts If I was born & grew up in Europe, even as a black person, I’d be scared of Africa & Africans too 20 people (mostly black/African people) have …

The Mombasa car mechanic
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The Mombasa car mechanic

Sometimes the best stories are told by the quietest people in the room. At the car clinic in Mombasa where we went to test drive and also to record some stories, this quiet junior car doctor just sat and waited patiently for his turn to speak. When he spoke everybody went quiet because he had …

The non-shy street guy in Sirare, Tanzania
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The non-shy street guy in Sirare

Of all the street shoots we had in Sirare, Tanzania, this had to be the most pleasant. We were actually just walking and talking with our crew when this guy just called us from almost across the street. He would like to have his photograph taken. Just like that. And he posed and posed and …

The roadside fruit seller
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The roadside fruit seller

And then you are driving along the Narok – Nairobi highway and then you see a guy on this phone with a concentrated look on his face. Was he playing a game on his smartphone? Was he receiving a message from his girlfriend? Was he just having a banter with a friend? One would never …

The train cleaner
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The train cleaner

You go into the train. It departs and arrives on time (or not). But one of the things that make the journey a good or bad experience in the cleanliness or otherwise of the train. This train nurse on the Mombasa – Nairobi highspeed train makes sure every passenger sits in comfort and cleanliness during …

The water fetcher of Sirare, Tanzania
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The water fetcher of Sirare

Admittedly we scare these kids when they suddenly saw a camera pointed at them. One of them ran and the other almost lost the content of the bucket she was carrying in an ultimate losing effort to avoid being in our shots. Strangers and African children, that is never a good combination. We all grow …

The wise old man
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The wise old man

He is 93. Wise as an old fox. Maybe he is an old fox. He certainly talks the talk. We went to him for a totally different reason. But once we set our eyes on him, there was no way we were going to leave without having him on our canvas. He mind is sharp …

The young Mombasa student
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The young Mombasa student

A most awkward encounter. We were test-driving a car in Mombasa when this young student walked past. He had features that suited our lenses so we approached him for a shoot. He hesitated. we understood. How many times does a total stranger approach you on the streets to ask to take a picture of yours …

Happy fish seller Migori
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Happy fish seller Migori

The fish section of the Migori market is huge and can be very overwhelming. So when we brought out the camera to start shooting, this lady just came and said she really would like to be in the shoot. We gladly obliged. She loved it so much that she subtly went with us everywhere we …

Migori market women
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Migori market women

When you have made 1000000 pictures with 100000 people, you will know that everyone sees the camera in different ways. This particular market woman in Migori, Kenya did not even once pause from what she was doing even though she knew her pictures (with her permission!) were being taken! Her companion saw the happy side …

Selfie on the Mombasa beach
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Selfie on the Mombasa beach

These two beauties were standing on the cliff edge of the Indian Ocean in Mombasa doing what all young people do these days; taking selfies. And then we came along to disturb their peace and space. After a long, friendly conversation, they agreed to stand in front of the Femoree lenses but only on one …

The all-round coconut seller
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The all-round coconut seller

He sells coconut but sells virtually everything that is sellable. It could have been cassava chips or just plain soda. Anything around and anything to make one feel comfortable. However after you have braved the hot, baking sun of Mombasa all you want to cool you down with some sweet coconut juice. And he is …

The car doctor of Mombasa
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The car doctor of Mombasa

At the sick car clinic were so many doctors but none was more friendly and charming but at the same time more shy than this junior doctor. His speciality is tyres which he removes and replaces with surgical precisions! We don’t know if he actually eats candy but we can attest to the fact that …

The car technician , Mombasa
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The car technician, Mombasa

Mombasa. We came to the auto mobile hospital to test drive a car we wanted to buy. That did not work out well. However, once we were there we decided to speak with some of the doctors of this special clinic. One of them was this man who seen enough in this life to last …

The carriers of Mombasa
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The carriers of Mombasa

Mombasa. You can transport your heavy groceries and wares with a car or with a lorry. Or you could get physical and push and pull them like these guys. The advantage of this method is; you are always physically fit. You are in the open air and someone is paying you to carry their stuff …

Market trader Banjul
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Market trader Banjul

Have you ever seen a brighter smile on a market trader? Well this market trader in Banjul, The Gambia wore his smile with pride. We were busy having a recording session with some other people when he popped in with this smile. In fact he did us more service than brighting up our day with …

The cassava chips maker
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The cassava chips maker

If you are ever in Mombasa and ate tasty cassava chips, the chances are that this guy made them. Even as the sun was setting and the first glimpses of darkness was falling on the Indian Ocean behind him, he was still making delicious cassava chips on the glowing  African stove. He seemed to be …

Kabyle music
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The Kabyle player of the night

Walking on a Saturday night on the Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands, this guy playing Kabyle music from Algeria proved too irresistible. The sound of his traditional guitar penetrating through the dark cold night was glorious. Even with little lights, we just had to have a him on our canvas and a video recording of him …

The coconut seller Mombasa
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The coconut seller

You have the warm sun. You have a beautiful beach. And then you have the coconut sellers hawking fresh coconut waters and drinks along the vast Mombasa beach. Just the thing you need to cool you off after a long day soaking in the African sun.

The comedians of Migori
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The comedians of Migori

These kids made our time in Migori a very pleasant one. Every time we sat on the balcony overlooking their modest farmhouse, they would start clowning around and spontaneously entertaining us. They played, they cajoled, they ran, they danced. But importantly, they played hide and seek with our camera. Behold your comedians of the future.

The reluctant friends in Sirare
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Reluctant friends in Sirare

These friends were pictured at a the entrance of a liquor bar in Sirare, Tanzania. At first she did not want to be in the picture. He on the other hand had no objection being photographed. So we made a picture of him alone and showed it to them both. That softened her defence and …

The injured old woman of Migori
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The injured old woman

This old Migori woman in her 70’s needed to sit down and catch her breath after being brought home on a boda-boda from the hospital where she had gone to treat her injured thigh. Lying next to her on the grass are the painkillers she got from the doctor.

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A big headache

Those in the know will tell you making photographic shots of close family members can sometimes cause a big headache. People are less focussed. The shoot always goes past the allotted time. You take extra shots because you want to be sure to make your family members look even better than they are. When that …

The Mask
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Everybody is a winner

Photography is like sport. The more you practise the better you get. Sometimes the process of getting to know how the camera works can be tedious. When trying to decipher all the workings and settings of a camera like the state of the art Sony A99, you’ve got your work cut out. It is hard …

the biker
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The happy biker

So there I was minding my own business along the Van Brienenoord bridge by the River Maas in Rotterdam. I was there partly to clear my head and partly to video graph the iconic bridge and also test some of the millions of functions on my camera I have never figured out earlier. I was …