Hi Brian! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?
I am a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer living in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. My journey into photography started 3 years ago when I finished high school. While walking around my neighbourhood, I would see lots of interesting things happening, both the good and the bad, and I felt the need to document and share with the world these Stories From Kibera – the place where I was born and bred.
What's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?
One of the weirdest and strangest situations I have found myself in as a photojournalist is when I was confronted by a group of police officers while covering a rally in Nairobi. That moment I had just taken some photos of them while they were arguing with supporters of a political coalition, I was forced to delete and format everything I had captured (and I had only one compact flash card) despite futile attempts to have a reasonable talk with them.
What do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?
I shoot with 2 bodies, a Canon 5D mark II and 700D which I have had for almost 2 years now. 700D is light and produces clean images and I really like it a lot. I use a 50mm, 28mm and the standard kit lenses that comes with the camera. I still haven’t discovered my favorite setup yet, but I have been shooting on Aperture Priority (AV) for a long time, sometimes I will go full manual, sometimes, I just use the inbuilt camera modes like “sport mode” because it doesn’t release the pop up flash (which I don’t like) and it captures the images in burst. I use natural light since most of the time I am in the streets, I recently got myself a reflector, just so as to experiment with something new.
What's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?
Be sure of what you are shooting, when you have good composition you already have a good photo, and it’s not always just about taking the photos, understand the rules and the business sides too. The latter, I am struggling with.
What's the one thing you love most about Picfair?
What you ask for is what you get and you can change this repeatedly. The freedom that comes with it is just amazing.