The last time I was here I shared some work done for Avocado Hair and Day Spa. How did I land that job in the first place? My full time job recently helped me meet a new employee who knew some that needed some photos taken for the Avocado Website they are developing. She had seen me with a camera taking passport photos for work and she thought, "well this same guy could do it". She approached me with the proposal and the rest is history. I worked on a shoot for Avocado Hair and Day Spa. And I have them on the list of my clients for my portfolio. I already shared some of the images from that shoot and you can see them at Avocado Hair and Day Spa.
Things seemed to quite down after that. One day I got a Facebook call from a fellow photographer asking me what I was up to and we got together for a chat and catch up. You may have heard of BlinkStar Photography, and Bright Mweemba is the photographer behind that brand name. We got together just to compare notes and share our journeys through photography. You can see a lot of his work on his blog BlinkStar Photography. After our meet up, it seemed like the natural thing to do - well of course we took photos of each other. He is a hardworking photographer who knows how to get work done. And he is very good networker; someone worth having in your corner if you know what I mean.
|Mr. BlinkStar himself|
On June 14, 2015, I had the opportunity of documenting an MDG2015 (Millennium Development Goals 2015) wedding. I had been talking to Suwilanji Sichalwe since his engagement last year about the possibility of covering his wedding when it happened. And I thought he was joking when he said I could do it. We talked about it, he gave me a date and that is how the deal was sealed. He is a resolute guy I must say. When we had agreed, he asked for my account number and months before the wedding, the fee was settled. I had only seen his bride, Wina Mukumano, from a distance at church but she was a bubbly bride to work with. And she was on point. She was time conscious and didn't want to keep people waiting. At one point I remember her coming out of the house with the matrons still getting ready.
The wedding church service was at University SDA Church. It is a beautiful venue, but also a hard place to shoot from owing to the lots of back light streaming into the church from the windows. But that made for a good challenge in my books and we came out with a lot of good photos. I had about one week to deliver because of a planned out of town trip and I managed to deliver. I share some of the images from that wedding here.
|The Bride, Wina Mukumano. Fully lit by bounce flash.|
|A reflection of the bride as she got ready.|
|Ready, set and go! One happy bride.|
|The Groom, Suwilanji Sichalwe when doors opened to usher in his bride.|
|Listening to the Minister of the Gospel.|
|Presenting Mr. & Mrs. Sichalwe!|
|Together they are called SuWina.|
In other news, you will notice that the name of my blog is no longer Chronicles of an Untrained Photographer. I showed my work to a seasoned Photographer, John Healy and his indication was that I do not have to call myself untrained. He said something profound to me which in my understanding has opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities. I may not sit in class to learn photography, but we learn through practice and a lot of other ways. So no more untrained photographer tag line on the blog.
On June 16, 2015, I had the opportunity to meet Gareth Bentley, a big name in Zambian photography with specific focus on environmental portraiture. Through the efforts of Jason J. Mulikita and Hudson Chirwa, I was among a few invited photographers to sit and listen to Gareth's journey as a photographer and more specifically the recent project that he and Johan Rahm had worked on called Extraordinary Zambia. Gareth's story is inspiring. He came into photography in the days of film and darkrooms, shooting images at school and selling prints to his peers. He still had images shot from a point and shoot to illustrate his journey and now he is a most sort after photographer.
As Gareth shared with us, I kept thinking of how many photographers out there get it all wrong and brag about their gear without backing it up with exceptional images. One thing remained true through out the discussion, never despise humble beginnings. Gareth and Johan put together a book that was sold out in under 2 weeks. And I am told more copies are coming. Gareth took us through the exhibition before it closed at 37D Gallery.
The talk also helped me to meet some of Zambia's most talented photographers whom I have only interacted with electronically. These included Jamiel Banda, Mtumbi Goma, Chosa Mweemba, Yemba Chilambwe, Kalenga Kanganja, Fatumata Somola Kabemba, Elina Eriksson, Samuel Chipupu, Esnala Lahru Banda and Lovemore Kabwata.
It has been an awesome few weeks and now I have to endure 3 weeks without the camera. I will try to shoot with my phone to share some photos of where I am.