On Photography: An Exhibition of Verbal Micro Conversations AKA All These Lenses And You Can’t Even Take A Damn Photo


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This story is not mine,fully; it is a jagged exhibition of snapshots of conversations with many voices  randomly met on photography.

You may notice your voice.

Usicatch.

Na ukicatch.
Now that we are here, were you to take me to court, we could both become famous!

Now that is something to consider, isn’t it?

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My mom believes pictures must be in the sitting room.
Pictures in the album. Pictures on the wall.

Of course na hizo vitambaa, you get the picture.

Pictures on Instagram make no sense.

No one remembers where the pictures you took three years ago are.
And no one goes there.
It’s creepy to dig.
And accidentally like.

And so they do not matter because no one cares.

You, do you think in ten years you will still be on Facebook or now you will have left it and you will be on something else?

Mom sees the pictures in the computer and wonders.
Why are they staying in there.

Why aren’t they printed?

Even these selfies you take daily. Where are they I don’t see them.

If hung up or in an album. That’s when pictures become things.

Things make it easy to remember.

It makes no sense having pictures on the phone because phones don’t hold any memory.

And all these young children who think they have suddenly become photographers. When parents pay through the nose for your higher education. It is no joke!

It is a bit frustrating.

The price of the camera I am told the other day, I would rather the boy buy a plot from PRC.

Na kama ni biashara. Have an office. Hire a secretary. Then I know it’s business. But these pictures you take with a silver umbrella, torches and bulbs in your rental house I don’t understand.

If it is just a hobby why don’t you take up golf. There you can meet men to be led by.

She doesn’t understand it at all.

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I missed a shot.

Unatembea na mutu halafu anasema I missed a shot.

I missed a shot.

Yani unachanganyika ni shot gani anaongea sasa hapa tukitembea hadharani.

Yani I don’t know how to say this.

Ni kama sisi wengine wenye hatukumiss hio shot ni kama hatuna macho.

No offense meant and if taken aki please forgive me but ni kama tuko photographically disabled sisi wengine.

Taking photos of the dark side of a spoon, the shade of a lamppost, a waterdroplet.

Yani he has so much art in him it’s basically oozing everywhere. Na haoni anatuboo!

Sio ati I hate photographers.

But you don’t see actors singers dancers painters forcing-forcing their hobbies on other people soooo much.

Why always them?

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Your posted picture of grazing wild zebra disturbs my face as I sit with my alternate window, my spreadsheet filled computer screen.

Why do you go through all that. As in why do you feel you need to show us so much, your passion.

Ni nini inakuwasha washa.

Do you just have too much money and time on your hands.

Your view from sijui which floor.

Wengine hata hawakujui kwa sura but they know from your profile picture you have something to do with Nikon P900
Coz your profile pic is always your camera.

If ever you post anything it’s your suffering in the bundus tembeaingkenya to save us diskettes from going braindead by showing us bright and wild and far photography. (if you know how diskettes work you will cache that reference)

That you are touched and have been by the rain, the colours of the rainbow, and how light falls on its subjects and creates darkness on the other side.

And so you have to become a photographer. To capture those moments for the rest of us who just can’t see the world as it really is and more, as it truly should be.

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My friend took a magnificent magnificent photo.. Sorry I don’t have it here, if you need to see it come see it its in my album.

But he took the photo with his Samsung the latest version after iPhone 6.

My guy that photo can win awards. And rewards. But the guy is just polite.

It’s about having the eye. He says. These guys. The ones with the DSLRs.  (And by the way that thing its not cheap stuff daddy.)  I call them the new cants (sp).

These new cants  are only slightly different from the old cants.

The old cants are the Apple guys.

Watu wa ma Mac Book na iPhone.

We all have computers. But these guys with Macs always seem to have so much more to type!

I mean meet the guy for breakfast at Java… Lunch at Art Café or dinner at Gaucho the dude is always still freaking typing on his Macbook!!

WE ALL HAVE COMPS DUDE! WHAT ARE YOU TYPING!

…you feel like asking the new cants the same question.

All these lenses and you can’t even take a damn photo.

Oh dude I get it! 👌 (oh according to a local daily in their recent attempt to demystify digital speak, that emoji means something very teeny weeny wincie tiny. Lol. In this case it applies)

Me I know taking pictures is about the eye. Capturing a good image, that is done with any good camera.

What makes the picture is the eye.

No amount of equipment can compensate for you not being a skillful photographer.

Even the most expensive camera in the world shall not save you from your horrid photos.

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Or take our view.
My husband makes a living off this thing. And it is good.

By the way we’ve come from far and this far The Lord has brought us.

Si us we decided it is a business. Him he has the skill… Me I support him some weekends when I leave Centum. You know us we work late and even weekends.

When we have done a shoot at a wedding you can see clearly which ones I took and which ones my husband took.

My husband has talent.

For us it was no joke. We equally sacrificed money and loans to get our first camera at 600,000.
We decided if we are doing something why not do it with the best we can possibly afford now.

For lighting we imported the best lighting as well. And put together a basic studio but with the best equipment.

I can tell you now three years into this my husband is earning more than Centum is paying me. From our studio.

Believe it or not.

Truth be told and ashame the devil.

Because we decided it is professional and it is professional.

Yah! He gave up his practice to actually put up this studio.

And now I don’t even get to see him over the weekend coz he is always working.

So despite the ups and downs because of everything, after all we can now say we are doing good.

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I don’t trust our sources


Trees did not die for this.

100 year old redwoods,hectares of cypress, enslaved in a system to serve an unwilling reader.

I don’t trust our sources.

They seem guided by those hands that steer the record of history,horses led down paths toward meaningless snack cafes that delay the journey.

Before I put the cart before the horse, i respect the fifth estate. Men and women who have given their lives to chasing down stories, shaping opinion and essentially determining what the voice of the nation is.It is a huge responsibility,what a yoke to put on!

Yearning for truth and getting hurt over the years leaves consumers scarred and wary. We’re unwilling to listen to things for what they are,and are looking out for memes in the stories to fit in the trends and patterns that we’ve been trained to expect.

We now like our food a certain way and anything different tastes bad. Worse still,we want it packaged in a certain way. It’s true value and meaning no longer matters.

I’m wary of anything I hear or read. Music, books, news, TV shows, radio. My ears are open but my soul is guarded. Because I don’t trust our sources. When shall we have true Press freedom?

And if there are more like me in this cart, you know exactly what I mean, should we jump out?

No M word was used in the writing of this post

I write in December.


Thank WordPress for Analytics.

I just noted that over the many years of this blog, my writing and the creation of spinoff blogs always occurs in December.

My most popular content was always written in this season.

I take this to mean that I am making time to write, that I get into the loop of focus and give this very little time.

Will this realization and admission change things?

Let’s see.

It’s Not Your Fault You’re Smart AKA Being Smart in A Dumb World


It’s not your fault you are smart.

After all you just followed the rule book that you found when you first heard of reading and writing.

While everyone else was being dumb and stupid, your face was stuck in a book.

While the rest were gazing outside the window daydreaming you tapped into the fount of knowledge and followed the stream into the rivers and the lakes you are now used to.

And now that things are a bit settled and no rapids are afoot, you feel like chasing waterfalls.

And you feel guilty about all those times you turned down the chances to “live a little”.

I’ll let you in on a little secret about what’s going on out there. Most of that world? Its a fantasy. Totally fantastic.

Three quarter of “those people” are there to see and report what they saw while the other quarter are there to be seen.

And that’s why people like YOU invent Twitter,Instagram,Facebook,Vine,Tumblr,and a myriad other tools for these filthy mortals.

Recognize that their “world” is a creation of minds like yours. Thus when faced with the quagmire of entering such morass, create a suitable persona…make it fun, it’s like the movie Gone Girl but with happier events and happenings.

All the characters you read about all these years? This is the moment they’ve been waiting for, let them breathe and walk the earth.

And if some earthy types ever challenge the veracity of your personality, make the question existential and draw them into the black hole of their own paltry existence.

It’s not your fault you’re smart and the rest of the world so dumb.

WHY LAPTOP PROJECTS FOR CHILDREN CANNOT WORK IN THE AFRICA WE ARE


 

English: One Laptop per Child at Kagugu Primar...

 

 

 

One Laptop Per Child is a beautiful ideal. But I have come to BELIEVE that there are more fundamental needs in Africa than juvenile computing.

Before pinning me down with evidence of seemingly functional laptop projects, I would like to clarify that I have had experience with ICTs for Education, and have had the spiritual pleasure of evangelizing technology for education. At some point my job description was “I.T Evangelist”.  Picture John The Revelator, but holding an iPad preaching chips and bytes and  the depths of cyberspace.

 

English: Logo of One Laptop per Child
English: Logo of One Laptop per Child (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I recall a moving treatise by Hon. Bitange Ndemo regarding The One-Laptop-Per Child Project, the cusp of which was were 10,000 computer geniuses emergent from 1 Million children where no hope resided before, then the whole project succeeds.

 

 

 

 

I, at the time, vehemently agreed with this mantra, knowing a great many people who were fortunately exposed to computers at an early age and this edge drove them to their current being;leaders in the Information Technology industry in Kenya. My position then, (and not so long ago, as the crow flies) was that, however abhorrent the corruption,however colossal the funds,however unsustainable, it was worth the illumination of 10,000 Kenyan Vint Cerfs,Elon Musks, Bill Gates and Eric Schmidts.

For Africa, a dark continent as it were, to be illuminated even for a moment would serve a beacon of hope, food to the mind, vision of more, to a people who’s minds have been dulled and numbed by circumstance.

The story below is a FailureFaire jewel, an example of the extreme failure of a laptop project in a first world scenario.

Here is the story.

 Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops http://wnyc.org/2CoaY

In juxtaposition one can only imagine how much worse things could go in a finance & Infrastructure  bereft Africa.

Only then did my mind descend to the Africa we are. And my thinking was that there were deeper and more profound things that African leaders can EASILY do to nurture these 10,000 minds than issue computers. There are deeper, more fundamental issues at hand and at stake, the very basic qualities of existence that are lacking in our society. I will not go into them, they are legion.

The story is told of Edward Bernays,a different kind of evangelist,the father of public relations,a brilliant product marketing genius and how he saved the Tobacco Industry and invented bacon and eggs. Amerikan Democracy

 

Bernays helped the smoking industry overcome one of the biggest social taboos of all time: women smoking in public.Bernays staged the 1929 Easter parade in New York City, showing models holding lit Lucky Strike cigarettes, or “Torches of Freedom“. After the historic public event, women started lighting up more than ever before. It was through Bernays that women’s smoking habits started to become socially acceptable. Bernays created this event as news, which it was not. Bernays convinced industries that the news, not advertising, was the best medium to carry their message to an unsuspecting public.

Another of Bernays’s favorite techniques for manipulating public opinion was the indirect use of “third party authorities” to plead his clients’ causes. “If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway.” he said. In order to promote sales of bacon, for example, he conducted a survey of physicians and reported their recommendation that people eat heavy breakfasts. He sent the results of the survey to 5,000 physicians, along with publicity toutingbacon and eggs as an ideal heavy breakfast and superior for health to the then traditional breakfast of tea (or coffee) and toast.

 

I have come to BELIEVE,that the reason behind this “ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD” drive this decade, is that it is a Sales Model.

Laptops for Children is a conceptualized product meant to evangelize to the hopeful and offer new markets in hardware sales. All that has been changed is the model of selling the computers, slapping ideological ideals onto the back of the laptops and shipping them off to school districts.

I say, all the African leaders at the US Africa Summit should be prodded to implement fundamental infrastructural programs that will establish stability and growth heck, just life, for the targeted market population of Africa, who will surpass India and China in a few decades, lest the greed for the current market ensures the future shall not exist for this continent.

Take the cue from Bill Gates, who has arm twisted Warren Buffet into working toward a disease free Africa. These are the business leaders we deserve.

Africa is not poor. Money is made up.We are rich in raw materials, minerals, food and human resources, the majority of which consistently and constantly supplies the rest of the globe, which,as the crow flies, is supposed to mean we have a lot of money.

The hunger, financial poverty and joblessness is a result of those buying exploiting us, and those evangelizing us keeping all the profits.

 

 

 

 

 

“The longer I l…


“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church….a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”

― Charles R. Swindoll

I am At Inbox Zero


I am At Inbox Zero

I am at Inbox Zero!

Feels weird to have nothing to feel busy about.

And to actually sit and think on what I really need to PRODUCTIVELY do, instead of merely responding to this or that query.

This is a very strange feeling to be honest, and my gmail is kinda acting up, as if it cannot comprehend the state of Inbox Zeroness.

Disney’s MagicBand: Admission ticket, room key and payment method, all-in-one wristbands.


Disney's MagicBand: Admission ticket, room key and payment method, all-in-one wristbands.

MagicBands and cards are secure all-in-one devices that allow you to effortlessly access the plans and vacation choices that you’ve made with My Disney Experience.

MagicBands are colorful, waterproof wristbands—resembling a watch or bracelet—that you can quickly and easily touch to a sensor called a touch point. Cards work in a similar fashion, but physically resemble a plastic credit card or driver’s license. Both MagicBands and cards allow you to travel lighter throughout your vacation.

You can use your card or MagicBand to:
Unlock the door of your Disney Resort hotel room.
Enter theme and water parks (with valid admission).
Check in at FastPass+ entrances.
Connect Disney PhotoPass images to your account.
Charge food and merchandise purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room (only available during your hotel stay).

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/my-disney-experience/bands-cards/

Airport stores winter coats while passengers head to warmer climates


Germany’s Frankfurt Airport is no stranger to these pages thanks to its customer service innovations. We recently wrote about its confiscated goods recycling scheme, which enabled passengers with disallowed goods to put them to good use while also donating to local charities.

Now that the weather is colder in the country, the airport is at it again — solving the problem of increasingly full hand luggage compartments by allowing customers to use its Winter Coat Storage Service.
The winter means it’s cold in the Northern Hemisphere and many holidaymakers will be wrapping up as they head to the airport, only to pack away their bulky coats once they reach their warmer destination. Not only is this a hassle while enjoying a trip, but the limited overhead compartments for storing hand luggage also become overfull in the winter months. Taking inspiration from a similar service at Incheon International Airport in South Korea, Frankfurt began operating its Winter Coat Storage Service in October, and it will run until the end of April 2014. Customers pay a fee of EUR 0.50 per day for the check-in program, but will be able to forget about their cumbersome coat and enjoy their holiday.
Although not the biggest initiative, the Winter Coat Storage Service is a small detail that will add a little extra comfort during their time both at the airport and onboard their flight. Are there other small ways airlines can improve their customer service?

Website: http://www.frankfurt-airport.com
Contact: http://www.fraport.com/en/the-fraport-group/about-us/contact-fraport-ag.html

K. The Most Annoying Reply


A Little Bit of Everything

I hate in when people text me back with “K”. Like how the fuck am I supposed to respond to that shit?

If you’re going to text me first, at least try to keep the conversation going. Saying words like “LOL” “OH” “AH”. Well damn, do you ever say anything else?

Worst thing is that it took me 5 long minutes to type and there’s that 2 minutes of thinking so all in all it’s roughly 7 minutes of my time spent and all I get back is “K”?!!

I understand that it depends on who you are talking to. But seriously people, not everyone is your best friend.

I do it too occasionally, but that is when I’m annoyed or when the person I’m talking to doesn’t expect any other response except for my confirmation which could be done by “Okay”.

Dang people, expand your vocab. “K” is not…

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One Card To Rule Them All!


While some are skeptical about this product, claiming everything is going Mobile (ahem Mpesa), Coin is a remarkable product that resolves an existing problem with a practical solution.
Coin is a connected device that can hold and behave like the cards you already carry. Coin works with your debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards. Instead of carrying several cards you carry one Coin. Multiple accounts and information all in one place.