Kenyata University workshops

The photography group settled on the idea to capture the spirit of the community by photographing its members. Portrait photography was something a lot of the group was very excited to try out. Overall when it comes to taking portraits the focus is on the face of the person and the images can display the person’s emotions, background and personality.

We set off to capture stills of people in different places in the university campus. The host students took us to a few amazing locations where we got to see a lot of interesting things, including a dance performance from a student dance group. When it comes to shooting images a really important thing is location and we were quite unfamiliar with the campus. It was amazing that our hosts could show us interesting places on their campus that they think would be a suitable locations for photographs.



Visiting Ngong was  an absolutely amazing experience. We broke off into groups to capture footage of the community. My group visited a children’s home where we were allowed to photograph the location and the children. We were discussing how the community could benefit from a community media centre and capturing footage to illustrate our theme. Some of the topics included domestic violence, the gap between the rich and the poor and preserving Kenyan culture.

Final Edit of “Faces of the community”

Our last day at Kenyata University was spent finalizing our project which we had to present in front of the rest of the groups and tutors. The most fascinating thing about the whole project was that at the end we ended up with over 2,600 picture to look through. The way we handled that is by editing it down twice, once down to 200 and then down to 35 which made it to the final presentation. Our hosts suggested that we should use music to enhance the feeling of the photograph. They recommended some really interesting African music that blend very well with our overall theme.

During the presentations we got to see everyone else’s work as well, which was really interesting. I think the video group did very well in portraying the issues discussed in their videos, such as Tribalism in the kenyan community.





Kenyata University – Day 1

Today we started the workshops and community project with Kenyata University. I am one of the four students who are handling the photography group. The whole thing begun with us asking the students from the host university what it is that they would like to learn more about. Overall everyone said that they are very keen to learn more about how to manually control the camera.

I really enjoyed the way the whole day played out as everyone contributed to the knowledge sharing process. It was a very interactive workshop where the focus was on on hands-on experience. We were asking each other questions and trying out different techniques you can use on manual mode. Everyone seemed to enjoy working with the different shutter speed settings and capture sharp movement or blur.

After everyone was properly informed on the meaning of community media, we started a brainstorming session about how the spirit of community can be represented with photographs. We settled on the topic: “The faces of the community”, which will feature both portraits and street photography with human presence. For the last part of the day we broke up into groups and took some portraits of each other as well as other people on campus. We also spoke about the concept of digital storytelling and discussed a possible collaboration with the audio workshop group in which we could use some of their recorded interviews in combination with our images to create something to tell the story of the community and the importance of community media.

The atmosphere was amazing throughout the whole day and everyone was very enthusiastic and passionate about what they were doing. That made the whole thing an even more worthwhile experience.

And just a little non-work related update. We got to experience a crazy amount of rain being poured down on us in record time.


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