This is probably the future of travel guides, and it was made by a friend of mine. It just won a massive award. Read all about it here: http://www.wsis-award.org/winner/gorilla-highlands-109520130906
And buy it here: http://www.gorillahighlands.com/
I’ve been doing lots of work on my website for the past few days, stretching my very basic understanding of HTML to the limit (read: copying and pasting other people’s advice into my site until it works) and it’s now looking a bit better. There’s lots more to put up, but head over and have a look and tell me what you think! Is there anything missing? Too much of something?
Click here to have a look! -> www.willboase.com
One of the bedrooms at Kyambura Lodge.
While I was in Rwanda I got the news that Ross Langdon was killed in the Nairobi shootings, along with his girlfriend Elif. I didn’t know Ross as well as a lot of people in Kampala did, but he was one of the first people I met here and would always take the time to meet me for a coffee or a beer when he was around.
I had the good fortune to visit Kyambura Lodge with him to take pictures, and even last Sunday, the same day as I heard the bad news, I had been telling somebody about that trip. It left a lasting impression on me to see a person so absorbed in the process of his work, so focused on the little details while at the same time being the mind behind such grand things. He was a great and good man, and I will miss him a lot.
Here he is talking about one of his many passions, sustainable architecture.
I originally posted this in March 2011, but I was going through my old pictures today and found these, and thought that it deserved reposting. Down at the bottom is a recording of the musicians in action- even if you ignore the rest please give that a listen, it’s amazing.
Opio Charles and Okello David made my day today. No question at all. I was photographing in Purongo Market (it’s near Pakwach, in the North West of Uganda) and I could hear some really amazing music coming from somewhere. I walked around until I found its source- sitting on the little wall outside a small shop, two udungu players sitting and strumming their instruments.
- The Shop
The udungu is a sort of harp, or maybe like a guitar with a warped neck. The body has a piece of skin stretched tightly to form the amplifier, and the strings, bits of nylon, are stretched up to nails which are carefully tightened. Like most instruments its form varies from the rudimentary to the refined, but these two instruments were beautifully made and looked like they were played daily.
Okello David is blind, but I didn’t twig until after I had listened for a while and I tried to shake his hand while introducing myself. My mum is an eye doctor and always tells amazing stories of people who do more with no sight than most do with full vision, but to play a mini harp/guitar really takes dexterity. I was amazed.
- Okello David playing
Opio Charles tells him what is going on, and when to shake hands. The two were an amazing pair, and I was sorry to be working. I could have spent ages with them and their music, but I had to run.
So here is a measly two minutes, badly recorded off a mobile phone and intercut with me sounding like an idiot, of their wonderful sound. They practise in Purongo, beside the market, and they’re amazing to hear. Amazing.
I’m trying to carry my camera more (I carry it a lot, but usually in a bag). Here are some results.
In case you want to see more of my rally pics, I’ve made a gallery on my website. Just click on the image below!
I went took a break the past couple of weeks, and avoided my digital camera for a bit to try to remove the link between work and cameras that had built up in my head. It’s a cliché, but it really happens. You shoot for work, and before you know it you don’t really do much photography for fun any more. So here are my holiday snaps. Apologies for quality, they’re quick scans from a cheap shop.
Breakfast in the Tatras
Anna + Me
Spotted radiating out from under the reception desk of one of the departments in Makerere, while I was there covering a conference. Queen of our hearts.
This link made my morning. A bunch of photo editors (or perhaps, as Doc Fred used to call them, darkroom trolls) go out to central London in the 60s and do a fashion shoot in their lab coats. Priceless nerd cool results.
Somewhere between Kigali and the UG border
I went to Rwanda for the weekend. More pics later. (Click to view big)
I live in Wandegeya, just outside the city centre, and there’s seldom any peace. Sawmills, ambulances going to Mulago and the big trucks heading north to Juba. But the mornings are different- a hum as the traffic starts to build, but otherwise peace and ibises. And sometimes you can watch the sunrise over Nakasero, with the storms boiling behind on the lake, and imagine you’re on the edge of the world.
I’m not a morning person, but when I have to be I make sure the camera is handy.
I love this house.
Shot while on assignment for Raising Voices.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
Mame is a Senegalese drummer. He’s also the human equivalent of vitamin D. You can find out more about his drumming group, Sabar Percussion, here.
From a really rather marvellous essay on billjayonphotography.com, comes this list of rules for amateur photographers, written in The Amateur Photographer some time around the turn of the 20th Century. Number six is alarmingly prescient, given the current difficulties in photographing in public.
1) Never photograph a man in such circumstances as you yourself would not like to be
2) Certain classes should be tabooed:
a) Public personages travelling incognito.
b) People labouring under physical deformities.
c) People suffering from temporary accidents, e. g., the occupants of a Channel
steamer after a stormy passage.
d) In general, people who implicitly or explicitly express a dislike to be photographed.
3) Never use an expedient to prevent a person knowing he was being photographed,
when, if he did know, he would probably resent it.
4) Never let the fact that the victim “didn’t know” excuse a violation of good taste.
5) Never use a camera as a medium for “a thundering good
6) Finally, remember that though you may escape without penalty, your misdoings will
be held against the brotherhood in general.
It has been a very, very long time.
In the interim I have watched a man lose a presidential campaign, broken a very expensive lens and enjoyed the sensation of seeing a photo on the front page of a national newspaper. It has been a heck of a time.
I’ve updated my website and would love any feedback anybody has to offer (anything missing? Too much?), so click over to www.willboase.com and have a look. In the coming weeks I want to turn this blog back into something worth reading, so I hope you’ll stick around.
Dear all, thank you so much to all of those who have donated so far to my Indiegogo funding campaign about covering the elections in Kenya. You have been amazingly generous. We’ve raised nearly $2,000, and I can’t thank you enough. The actual trip starts this Sunday, so if you haven’t donated yet please click on the link here and have a look at what we’re doing, and see if you think it’s worth a few of your hard-earned cents.
In the meantime here’s something from the archive- a scan of a negative shot in Nairobi in 2009. I love this picture because of the soft tones afforded by Portra NC, a film which was developed for use by wedding photographers who wanted to capture all of the detail of the bride’s wedding dress. Nairobi may not be quite a wedding dress, but it has its charm.
Downtown Nairobi, 2009. Hasselblad C/M 500, Portra NC.
Posted in Photography, Snaps, travel
Tagged film, funding, hasselblad, indiegogo, kenya, photo, photography, politics, portra NC
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll have seen lots of pictures of lots of different things, mostly monkeys and bad shirts. However on February 4th of this year I have the chance to do something which is both incredible and historic.
On February 4th Andrew Green and I will be travelling to Nairobi to join the campaign of Raila Odinga, who is vying for the presidency of Kenya. I’ve done political coverage before (here’s a PDF of my work covering the Democratic Party campaign in Uganda in 2011) and now I’m going for the big leagues. Andrew, my caption writer and long-time accomplice, will be doing the writing while I provide the snaps.
I’ve started a funding campaign (or digital begging bowl, whichever you prefer) on Indiegogo, a funding website. I can’t really afford to do this project without some help, so what I’m asking is:
If you’ve enjoyed reading/looking at the nonsense I’ve served up for you over the past four years, please head over to this page here -> http://www.indiegogo.com/kenyapolitics and drop a penny in my hat. I will be forever grateful to you (that includes everybody I’m already eternally grateful to) and you’ll be giving me a chance to do something worth the writing.
Thank you all so much.
Posted in Landscape, Photography, Snaps, travel
Tagged 2013 elections, begging, crowd funding, help, indiegogo, kenya, photography, photos, politics, project