Six Kenyans are redefining African beauty with their photographs
Stunning photographs from artists in Kenya capture the beauty and spirit of Kenyan citizens.
Imagine a group of photographers whose sole purpose is to document the heartbeat of their country. Each click of the shutter captures a moment in time, which joins a host of other moments to illustrate cities, villages, individuals, groups and more.
That is exactly what One Touch Liveis doing in Kenya. A group of photographers travel their country capturing beautiful photos that document what life is truly like there. While their photography is beautiful, their purpose is much greater – "to document and showcase the beauty of African people, cultures, wildlife and landscapes.”
Four photographers – Joe Makeni, Mutha Matheka, Kevin Ouma, Joe Were, Sebastian Wanzalla and Steven Kitoto – have partnered with World Vision Kenya to showcase what people in rural Kenya are doing to strive to be #hungerfree. Check out some of their amazing photos on Instagram below:
Chepkesoi (which interestingly in her Pokot tongue means, "she who was born after the harvest") patiently waits for lunch to be made. Just before this, she was playing cook outside as the boys fed the cows with maize stems from previous harvests. The harvested maize is mostly sold and what remains is hung over the fire and smoked for days. When it's time to cook and eat the maize, it has a nice smoky, salty flavour to it. #HungerFree #Kenya
I was talking to a friend of mine recently about the #hungerfree project we covered for World Vision and he was particularly happy about how we chose to show triumph amid hardships. I don't think any of the images I took shows more triumph than this old lady. #WorldVision #WorldVisionKenya #Kenya #Africa A photo posted by JOe Makeni (@joemakeni) on
Spent a better part of today morning with part of the crew from @onetouchlive in Morpus West pokot.The land was to say the least beautiful.This is Chemakiu,together with her husband they were kind enough to allow us into their home as we discussed matters FGM and hunger as part of @worldvision #hungerfree campaign.The container she is holding is what she uses to store milk when milking her cows. #life #documentary #people #portraits #women #portrait #laughter #development #nonprofit The team is; @jaydabliu @joemakeni @wanzalla @truthslinger @stevekitots
I had the pleasure of meeting Chepsekoi in West Pokot. She is such a bundle of fun and calmness all in one. She was slaying and being so cool in front of the camera. Her name, Chepsekoi means *she was born after the harvest* and we met her while visiting her family with @worldvision Kenya looking for stories to share with you on what people in Kenya are doing in the strive to be #hungerFree. #OnetouchLive x #WorldVision A photo posted by Mutua Matheka (@truthslinger) on
In Marigat we also got to meet Ng'etich Chomoi who figures he is between 60 & 80 yrs old. He has 60 goats & 100 bee hives. Yes, 100. Also, he has 18 kids. He harvests his hives 4 times a year and fetches about 200,000ksh ($2000) per harvest which he uses to educate his kids. We spoke with him while on assignment with @worldvision Kenya to find out what different Kenyans are doing to be #hungerFree. Also, you can be part of this. Tomorrow is World Food Day and while celebrating food, why not donate to help end hunger in Kenya & South Sudan. Please check out @hungerfree free if you'd like to help or donate. #OnetouchLive x #WorldVision A photo posted by Mutua Matheka (@truthslinger) on
Marigat in Baringo county Kenya,is a semi arid area. @worldvision_official has helped helped farmers implement a system on natural regeneration better known as #FMNR.This has helped created better vegetation in most farms and increased food security as well as reduced the need to walk long distances for firewood.This is a picture of a Farmer I shot in Marigat while on a project with world vision towards a #hungerfree world @hungerfree #food #documentary #hope #joy #africa #people #nonpfrofit A photo posted by kevin ouma (@kevinouma) on
Nomadic communities that have taken up agriculture supplement pasture with dry maize stalks. In this home the stalks are stored on top of a tree and away from the cattle. When it's time to feed a small amount is thrown down from the tree. The cattle are so used to this routine that they rush under the tree whenever they see this boy going up the tree. This reaction cannot be achieved by anyone else. Not even his brother Shot while on assignment for #WorldVisionKenya for the #hungerfree campaign #WorldVision #Documentary #Kenya #Africa A photo posted by JOe Makeni (@joemakeni) on
As we secretly interviewed her next to her home (secretively), Lina from Marigat, Baringo County couldn't control her emotions. She was more than happy at the progress made so far. She happens to be one of the many women who gave up FGM and is now educating the community on the dangers of practicing FGM with the help of @WorldVision She was forced into it when she was young, taught the craft at an early age, and had been practicing "clitoridectomy" which is the scientific term for FGM - cutting of the clitoris for many years. It is a very huge problem in nomadic and pastoralist communities because culture demands that you have to undergo clitoridectomy to be married and accepted in the community as a woman, not forgetting married women bring wealth to their fathers. Unfortunately men play a key role in this practice and governments are doing little if anything. Image taken on assignment for @WorldVision for the #HungerFree campaign @onetouchlive #ProFotoB2 #AfricanWomen #African_Portraits #OneTouchLive_WestPokot
"About FGM? This is a very sensitive issue.. I'm close to 90 years old. it's been in my culture for as long as I can remember. I went through it, my mother before me went through it, my children have gone through it... I have seen it and been a part of the practice literally all my life. Now you guys are saying no, the government is saying no... I have no choice but to support your decision but just remember that it's my culture. I will support you nonetheless.", Says Chamakew about Female Genital Mutilation in West Pokot. On a mission with #WorldVision getting a first hand take on FGM issues. I interviewed Chemakew (mother of 7) and a few others about Female Genital Mutilation, its effects on the community and more. More story portraits coming up. #Kenya A photo posted by Joe Were (@jaydabliu) on
Meet Linah, from Marigat, Baringo County in the Rift Valley of Kenya. Married and with 8 grown kids, Linah is one of the many ladies from the Pokot community that gave up FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and now teaches the dangers of it. With much difficulty... because it is an integral part of her culture. She learned the art of female circumcision at an early age (also having been forced into circumcision when she was young) and had been practicing for years. Fathers would bring their daughters to her when they wanted their girls sold off for marriage. Half the time against their will (Circumcision meant a girl was of high value.. both to the man and the father in terms of dowry payment) She says she quit the practice because of the sensitization efforts of World Vision and the local government. She did not see the value of FGM in her own life. Also because the Kenyan government made it an illegal practice. I'm here with part of the @onetouchlive crew capturing these and more stories all week thanks to World Vision. To get a picture of how the practice is, I have posted a link in my bio to an article done by Lindsey Bever of The Washington Post. (Warning: some images in the article may be of graphic nature) #OneTouchLive #Kenya
Land cruising with @joemakeni, @kevinouma & @stevekitots in Marigat (Baringo) looking for and covering stories of people working to make Kenya #hungerFree in partnership with @worldvision Kenya. I'll be posting some of the shots I got soon. It was kinda cool. #igKenya #OnetouchLive #WorldVision A photo posted by Mutua Matheka (@truthslinger) on
Throughout October and November, to celebrate World Food Day (October 16), we can take a small bite out of a big problem by celebrating our favourite foods with our favourite people - just by doubling up the cost of your meal to help end hunger. Your support will help fight hunger in Kenya, South Sudan and worldwide.