Mzung-who?

I’m a Uganda-based freelance photographer (and occasional writer) working for a broad range of clients including NGOs, newspapers and magazines and development agencies. My work has taken me across East Africa, South America and Europe, and previous clients include USAID, the World Bank and the East African. I also work on personal documentary projects in my spare time. If you’d like to hire me or to know more, please feel free to get in touch.

Send me an email at info@willboase.com, or ring me on +256 (0) 7788 13489.

(Mzungu (Luganda: Muzungu)- Swahili meaning somebody who wanders around aimlessly.)

30 Responses to Mzung-who?

  1. Karen Gaskill says:

    Hey Will

    Great news on your job, I hope you really enjoy it! I’m sure you will be fantastic at recording all those pertinent moments and stories.

    All the best,
    Karen.

  2. Hi, nice to meet you !

  3. Heart says:

    Will, I have used 3 of your pictures and have given you credit by linking back to your ‘My Top 30 shots ‘ page, please let me know if I have permission to do so!
    Either way, please don’t feel obligated to, I can totally understand if they are under copyright of your project.
    Thanks much!
    Rachana.

  4. HB says:

    –like the coverage on my favorite presidential candidate– N.Mao –thx!

  5. Chris says:

    Cool blog Will, keep it coming :)

  6. camden says:

    Mzungu means white person…….

    • munira says:

      Yep! I can verify that. Funnily, I was called a mzungu too (in Tanzania coupla months ago), even though I’m brown! That really made me laugh!
      I like photography blogs Muzungu….have subscribed :)

      • Muzungu says:

        I’m told the original direct translation is somebody who walks without a purpose (tourists fit this criteria) because the first whites to reach the area seemed, from a local perspective, to be walking around getting very excited over plants and rivers and hills. But you’re right, it has slowly been worn down until it now just exists as a shorthand for ‘white’. Thanks for the subscription! I hope you’ll like what you read!

    • Yes, they told me that too, in Kenya!

  7. Really liked your blog. Great work! Just thought I’d add that Mzungu means “white person” in Chichewa (spoken by Malawians) as well. And the word for English is Chizungu. It’s probably a Bantu thing because I think it means the same thing in Zulu language. =]

  8. GREAT church pics! wow.

    It remembers me of my time in Uganda (2007) when I visited Mto Moyoni twice near Jinja. I love the people and the places. I hope that all these churches may be used frequently (in future) and that God may be praised!

    Mzungu Winfred.

  9. schornsteinfeger says:

    The collection of those church photos:
    — Don’t you think you could get a subscription going in the sidebar of your home page here? For people who would want to buy that book or that calendar to give their name and address so that e.g. at Lulu.com you could order a fixed number of copies at no risk to yourself.
    — The proceeds would be for yourself, but you would include x percent to go to those churches, because I think most of your potential buyers would be of the religious kind.
    — I think the idea of a calendar is only a pretext, a standard format. No need to make it a real calendar with a photo for each month. Just one page with all 12 months printed out, voilà.
    And then I and other enthusiasts could also advertise the calendar on our sidebars.

    • Muzungu says:

      Thanks for your comment. I’m actually planning to go back up and shoot a much larger project as soon as I can scrape together the cash- it’s not a lack of ideas, it’s always a lack of money! But expect something soon…

  10. Great work it is very impressive. The people of Sudan finally are free.Congratulations the newest republic of South Sudan.

  11. TomGrey says:

    Also in Rwanda, Muzungu means a white.

    Great photo blog!

  12. Sarah says:

    Hi! I love your blog! haha I was just in Rwanda for awhile and find the “Muzungu Diaries” title hilarious! Keeep it up!

  13. Casallina says:

    Great photos, Will. I’m originally from Uganda and haven’t been back in years, so I love seeing pictures and hearing stories about it.

  14. kefuoe says:

    Thanks for sharing these pictures and your thoughts. I’m really enjoying them. Unfortunately, my internet access here in Malawi is a bit limited, so I don’t get to enjoy your blog as often as I’d like (I sneak and look at it at work where I don’t have to pay by the MB. Shhhh! Don’t tell!)

  15. Yes Mzungu… Great stuff!!

  16. tshauambea says:

    I love photography and I must say, you’re a really talented photographer; there’s this rawness in your photographs that grabbed my attention. Not following your blog would be doing an injustice to my love for photography

  17. Wa Makeri says:

    Hey Mzungu!

    I love your blog. Keep up the good work. And congratulations on making the list of Bloggers who covered top stories!

  18. Roxxroxx says:

    My brother is a Mzungu in Tanzania (not of the wandering kind, though. I wish he would take some pictures of his life too, but he says he has no time. Great blog!

  19. emyotales says:

    Tumbs up

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