Tag : Change begins with me

Conserving Mt. Kenya through Photography

Finally happy to share some good news here.

2022 has been great so far and I look forward to sharing more this year.

In May 2022 Mt. Kenya came calling again, this time round I was up there documenting the journey of CS. Najib Balala Cabinet Secretary, Tourism and Wildlife as he led a group of the corporate partners who were willing to support and contribute towards making Mt. Kenya a better hiking destination.

I got really excited when this brief came in, I felt like I was ready for it. Forget about shooting but you must be aware that Mt. Kenya is 4,985m above sea level, it is not a place you walk up and come back with else, you must prepare with prior hikes. It was impromptu but I was happy. We had one pre hike, coupled with my football endavours, I felt I was more than ready. I was there less than 1 year ago.

One of the most important lessons I learned from https://outdoorer.ke about mountain climbing is patience. This is the weapon I need in everything with regards to preparing for the hike, acclimatising and the actual climb. I’m actually a slow climber, that way I give my body time to adapt.

Off we went and it took us 5 days.

I will now share a few pictures of our journey.

We left Nairobi and spent the first night at the camp right at Chogoria gate. We enjoyed some sunshine during the day but the night was as cold as we expected. Just. what we needed because the next 5 nights we’re going to get even more colder.

DAY 1

The next morning off we went, the hike was officially flagged off.
We spent the night at a special camp just 4 kilometres from the Chogoria Gate to give everyone time to acclimitize.

DAY 2

The next morning we were up by 6am, took breakfast and at 7.00am ready to hit the trails. Plan was to be at Lake Ellis for the afternoon
Meet Nesh my colleague
Beautiful trails here and if you are strong enough you will get to see Nithi Falls.
The road to Lake Ellis.
You can actually drive up Lake Ellis, you just need to have a good 4×4 car. Lake Ellis offers day hiker’s great opportunities. You can actually drive from Nairobi to Ellis, camp for a night or two and come back to the city.
Destination Lake Ellis. Everyone so tired.
Was lucky, someone snapped a photo of me at Lake Ellis
Later that afternoon we went out to fish.
Mr. Njihia, C.E.O Sahihi Builders trying his luck with the fish.
The tents
We had our oxygen levels checked every evening

DAY 3

Heading to our new destination Lake Michaelson
Could not resist
Up the hills the pace was slow
These are the most hardworking individuals I have met. You will leave them at the camp, they will pack all your things including the tents, they will walk past you and set up the next camp you are heading. By the time you get to the next camp you will find everything ready including the food. Mountain porters are the most amazing and hardworking people ever.
Sitted CS Najib Balala (left) and DG KWS Brig. (Rtd) John Waweru having a break
Just a nap!
We were just getting started
The whole team. From LEFT Mpesa’s Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, CS Najib Balala, VISA’s Eva Ngigi, KWS DG Brigadier (retired) John Waweru, Sahihi Builder’s MD Njoroge Njihia(second from right), Thorn Muli (far right)
Beauty
DG Waweru needed rescue. He could not continue
The food
Almost. Simba tarn is just up there.

We spent the last night here, Simba Tarn just below the summit point Lenana. The next morning we were up by 2.00am and ready for the summit.

DAY 4

Our senior Director Tony ready
The promise of a sunrise kept us going
Mpesa was here!
Here comes the sunrise
Finally
The whole team

While having dinner at Lake Michaelson. CS ordered that we must hold an exhibition featuring the best images we have. The exhibition was slated towards end of July in Nairobi.

The exhibition aims to showcase the Mountain and everyone will be allowed to buy the pictures. The funds raised from the sale of the pictures will go towards improving the trails and the hiker’s experience as well as help with the conservation efforts within the eco system of Mt Kenya.

On 28th July 2022, the ministry of Tourism & Wildlife launched The Mt. Kenya Photo Exhibition at National Museum of Kenya.

From left Nesh-the drone guy, myself and Director Ogega of Frinant Pictures. Picture by Francis Kiguta
Posing for a photo with Ms Wausi Walya, Head of PR & Corporate Communications, Kenya Tourism Board.
Picture by Francis Kiguta

I would like to personally invite you to check out the exhibition which is currently running until 2nd Sep 2022 at the Kenya National Museum. Buy a print or two to support our dream to make Mt. Kenya a perfect hiking location.

See you next time. Stay blessed.

More to come!

#MASKEDBUTUNSILENCED

On this day I became teary as sorrow filled my heart, on that day pain befell, in that very hour our Joy was taken away, is what the tongue spoke as days passed since the onset of the novel Corona Virus. In a time when the voices that we never thought would be heard, a time when the world is in economic turmoil, a time when the black voice is fisted to the hearts of the global community, a time when social vices reign during a time capsule that was crucial to replicate our human innate virtues. This project comes to reflect on the social changes and emotional rides the people have been going through. The brutality, the rape cases, the addictions, the gender-based violence, the embezzlement of funds and the increase in the unemployment curve that brought depression with it. Could the grass possibly be greener?

This project sets to create an escape from all the happenings. It is a reflection of the implications of Covid19 to our society and the globe at large. It aims to trigger the emotions of the consumers for them to understand the depth of the issues. We are all affected and our hearts weep in pain yet we choose to keep quiet. Yes, it might not be us at the moment, it might not be our family members but imagine a society where your child grows to have to run away from what they were taught would keep them safe. The project aims to express the joyful pain that is the smile of a crying soul. It will aim to discourage double standards and motivate individuals to stand up for what is right. At the end of it all, we shall overcome together for we are #MaskedbutUnsilenced

The model shows the African pain where rape is on the rise among other depicted challenges. In a ‘utopian’ society where the system only works theoretically with the very leaders that promised the people positive change yet, they are not there for them. In this set, the model’s face is not facially detailed, as a sign that it is indeed our responsibility as a society to take care of each other and not just one gender. This set is aimed to sensitize society to come together for a positive change.
This set seeks to show how different classes of people have different lives. The model has two sides, one clean and one dirty. One is mistreated and one that has to give a kind of incentive to live a better life. At the end of the day, we all have to suffer economically or physically. It is a show that we need to hold each other’s hand. Even when it’s hard to live in a perfect society let’s teach the youthful generation to learn to come together even in our differences. This set seeks to bring the society together for the betterment of us all, hence the two faces of both sides dominated by the one facing forward.
This set is a tribute to the lives lost from police brutality. The roses and the cloth-covered with blank green cards represent the lost lives. They are blank as it can happen to anyone. The box is a representation of how we have the power to elect our leaders yet we sometimes fail to exercise it. This set aims to create awareness to the youth to be knowledgeable of their rule of governance as it is the very aspect that influences their livelihood. A set that aims to evoke more emotions. 
A set that seeks to show every individual that it’s our task to enforce change. It starts with us. The model is a silhouette holding a flower that is colourfully visible. It is a show of how we are our own enemy but love conquers all and we need to tap into that to bring that change we want. We should not hide it and learn that the change we want starts with us. 

Let’s unlearn the negatives and take this journey towards positivity for we are #MaskedbutUnsilenced.

The team:

Concept/creative direction @__mulei
Models @uciu_nuu
@my_fingers_just
@mumbi_keziah
Photographer @ogetoevans
MUA/SFX @flor_sfx
Retoucher @otienonyadimo
Studio space United pictures

socialchange #pamojatwaweza #mentalhealthawareness