With my portrait series I want to tell little stories about people in different parts of Kenya running a business. I would like to correct western prejudices about the mentality of african people. I like to show strong, proud, encouraged persones, moving forward their own country.
In October 2017 and in October 2018 I travelled around the country to meet such people and to take portraits of them. I listened to a lot of crazy stories. I found the fisherman, who is simply struggeling to survive. I met the smart manager, founder of one of the biggest advertisement agencies in Nairobi. But in everyone I captured I saw the high motivation to improve the life by acting and not waiting.
Joseph W. Theuri and his wife Julia – shop for computergenerated mixed colours, Nyeri
Mandee S. Virdee – factory for tee-production equipment, Kericho
Joyce Agufana – manager of Kenyan Seeds Ltd., Nakuru
Mr. Chandaran – founder of one of the first african record labels, Kericho
Lucy Kibe – roadshop for fruits, northern Kenya
Joseph Mwaniki – shoe shiner, Nyahururu
Sarah Nyambura – writer, singer, book shop, Nyahururu
Joseph Mwangi – butcher, Nyahururu
Isaiah Opiese – hotel manager, Nyahururu
Esther Mongera – owner conctruction enterprise, northern Kenya
David Avido – fashion designer, Nairobi
Jack Mwai – owner of Design Village, leading design and advertisement agency, Nairobi
Alex Vice – music production and media studio, Nairobi