Africa in B&W
I finally got my film from Kenya, and Uganda developed. I was a bit disappointed because a lot of it was either damaged or corrupted (even though I had them hand search it through security) with a few rolls only having 3-4 usable photos. I am hoping it is not my camera, but so far that is my only guess.
Here are a few photos I was able to capture with my Rolleiflex SL35, using Tri-X film I picked up from Hollywood Camera. I love the Depth in each photo, telling part of a bigger story. Many of these photos are things you would never see here in comfy America. It’s not everyday you help the military move a fallen tree out of the road, or see a lamb slaughtered before your eyes.
Many of my film photos were taken on the way to town, usually in to Eldoret, Kenya. Our rides were very eventful, with tons of honking and overtaking, bribing police, purchasing supplies, and occasionally having to find alternate routes or help the Kenyan military move something out of the way.
The easiest part of being over there was that everyone who had gone to school spoke english very well, the hardest part was how we were viewed. Many believed we were there to take advantage of their situation, especially if you have a camera around your neck. More than one time I had someone yelling in my face because of my camera, even if I hadn’t taken a photo.
The children and families in the villages were much nicer and easier to take photos of. Almost all the kids would run up to you asking for “a picture?” sometimes fighting over you yelling “AND ME?” while pushing the other kids. All the little villagers were so excited when they saw us and loved to just walk with us while we were out.
I think thats what I miss most, I’m sure everyone who has been to Africa says that, but its true. They tend to steal your heart over there.