A commercial shoot for a new cable TV that has come to Kenya. SMART TV, a new digital terrestrial television service launched by Next Generation Broadcasting (NGB) in collaboration with Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). The shoot consisted of 3 days in the streets all over Nairobi taking portraits of people as they passed by, the best 5 images to be used at billboards around the city as well as in The Nation and The Standard newspapers in Kenya. These three photos are samples of some of the final advertisements placed in the newspapers this week of 29th November 2010.
Last weekend, after the announcement of Prince William and Kate’s engagement to the world, I was asked by The Telegraph’s foreign correspondent based in Nairobi to accompany him up Mt. Kenya to Rutundu – the log cabins 3 hours drive up the mountain where William had asked the question. We set off at the crack of dawn the next day for the 6 hour journey to the cabins but never made it there that day. The alternator was giving us problems and at 15.05 we decided that it wouldn’t be the best idea to even try to make it to the cabins at this time given that we had 3 hours off-road driving left in difficult conditions up the mountain, and only 3 hours left of light. So we stopped for the night in Nanyuki and ‘take 2′ we set off early the next morning. Stunning light, stunning scenery and not a human for miles and miles made this job a breath of fresh air (literally!). We reached the cabins in good time and had half an hour of shooting and questions before the next journalist turned up, from the News of the World. On the way back down the mountain we passed the Daily Express, making them the 5th group of journalists to head up and down the mountain (now 3 days late, not just 2 like us!). All that way for such a tiny angle on one of the biggest stories in the world. But the scenery and the knowledge of being in the place where the future King of England proposed to make his future Queen was exhilarating.
A selection of images collected from different cities around the world taken over a period of 4 years.
Exhibition held 17 November – 15 December 2010 at QUE PASA Bar & Bistro, Nairobi – Kenya.