Tanzania’s Simanjiro plain is a vast arid region, covered with low brush and small trees, and punctuated by the occasional hulking baobab or yellow-blossomed orbili tree. Even during the rainy season, a thick layer of dust on the leaves mutes the greens of the flora so that its palette is limited to a few reddish browns and grays. It is a landscape of contrast, consisting of miles and miles of flatlands, with sudden jagged mountain ranges bursting up with little or no foothills, framing the plains below. Following the crest of one of these ranges, the road gently rises and falls into the distance, all the way to the horizon, then recedes again in the other direction, running narrow and straight as far as the eye can see. For all its geographic isolation, it is far from empty. Simanjiro is home to a significant portion of the country’s Maasai population. Young Maasai shepherd crossing the Simanjiro Plain Maasai man by the Orbili river. It is 2.5km from his boma, and water is carried back via donkey The Milky Way and the Southern Cross over the Simanjiro Plain The semi-nomadic Maasai are herders. While the men roam the country with their […]
For the past two months I’ve been living near Arusha, Tanzania where I’ve been working for Pamoja Ministries on a television show called “Wewe Nami”. It’s a similar setup to Sesame Street, where we have a live host interacting with a puppet. I’m the camera operator and editor for the show, so I’ve had plenty of work to fill my days. We’ll be shooting for the next six months, and after that I’ll be editing through December, which will involve creating original music for the show, as well as making several animated sequences. As of this writing, we’ve finished shooting the first five out of twenty-six episodes, and I’ve cut together the first one. Our five person crew has been making good progress, despite frequent noise interruptions from the neighborhood and from the weather. There is a workshop across the street from out studio that has a maize grinder they use pretty frequently, and people will bring in bags full of the stuff for them to grind up. It wasn’t much of a problem until the machine broke, and started making a loud whining sound whenever it was turned on. For about two weeks until it was repaired we spent […]
During 2013 and 2014 I worked as sound tech and camera operator for The 26th Story, directed and edited by the incredibly talented Jennifer Ling Photography. After working for The James House for over a year, there’s still so much for me to process about the experience, and I plan on following up with some thoughts on it in the future. For now, here are one or two highlights from the series. Photo credit, Jennifer Ling”
I thought I’d start this new blog off by saying how excited I am to be a full-time photographer. For the past few years, I’ve been shooting weddings and engagement sessions mostly as a second shooter. I’ve gained a lot of experience and seen a lot of styles of wedding photographs, some better than others. I’ve spent a lot of time developing my journalistic style of shooting weddings, and I thought it was about time I went out on my own. I can’t wait to meet you, and make some rad photographs together!