Iran has been on my travel list for quite some time. It’s not the Arab Middle East most of us know about, but rather a country that is more of a secret gem to both the sight and knowledge of a traveler. It’s a country of vast contradictions, a country filled with the super modern youth, co-existing with extreme versions of Islam. It’s difficult to explain, but I have probably never felt like I did being in Iran anywhere else in the world. Every aspect, from its friendly people, the Farsi language, the fact that you must cover your head, the hundreds of posters commemorating martyrs, the cuisine, sanctions and sanction busting, the bazaars, and the general ambiance has been captivating. I hope some of my pictures will convince those skeptical about visiting this very interesting country!
I've been visiting Stone Town ever since I was a child. Both my parents ancestors first landed in Zanzibar; and although most of them have migrated out of the island, I will always have a special connection with this island.Read More
A casual family shoot with Shruti & Alister at Coral Beach, Dar Es Salaam.Read More
Hamisi came to Dar Es Salaam in 2000 after he failed his 7th grade exam at a school in Mtwara (his home town). He came to the city and started working with his brother selling fish at their stall in the Msasani Fish Market. Soon he learnt to differentiate between fish that were in demand, those that were fresh, dynamited, and how to haggle during the auctions held by the fishermen. He then developed relationships with customers through his stall and eventually started delivering directly to their homes.Read More
I’ve been approached several times by people who are setting their foot into photography; those who want to polish their skills; and those who just need to take decent shots of their everyday lives. Most of the time, questions revolve around what camera I use, which lenses they should get and other technical questions. So today, I’m writing to all of those people with some not so technical advise, but what worked for me!Read More
Most visitors to Mauritius will skip Port Louis and hang out at the beaches. I don't blame them, but when I travel to a place, I want to dig deeper and understand the back story, the history and the presence of a place. And so, camera in one hand (Fuji X100T), my kids, hubby, and all the other baggage that comes with us, I began exploring the not to common streets and corners of the island.Read More
Muchacho's Restaurant has been around since 1986! It was started by Mr Saidi (of Arab descent) in the Kariakoo' neighborhood of Dar Es Salaam. Despite it's humble facilitates, the place attracted foodies from all over the the city, cutting all social classes. The concept of driveways is very new to Tanzania, and what made Muchachos pretty cool, was you could eat in your car! Let's face it, we all want to do that, especially on on days when you're not in the mood to socialize.Read More
I've traveled a good handful of African cities. As usual, I've got hungry on the way somewhere and over the years realized that there is probably no other city that rocks street food like Dar Es Salaam. As a child I being i super exciting to spend my pocket money buying sliced mangoes with chilly, bbq corn, tope tope (mabungo), fried cassava, milky pink homemade icecreams (which no longer exist), gubbit (caramel like sticky sweet), fried peanuts ... and the list is never ending.
But this post isn't about all those foods. It's about my favorite of the street foods - SUMNI SUMNI = Tiny pieces of beef meat and fat, skewered into old cycle rods, marinated in garlic, ginger, lemon and grilled in the most hygienically questionable circumstances and charcoal grilled on pedestrian popular streets of Dar Es Salaam.Read More
Some test shots on my dream camera the Fuji XT-2Read More
I photographed this couple's wedding around five years ago and was thrilled to know they were expecting an addition to their family. This was a mini shoot on the beach . . .Read More
The Bohra's are a population of approximately 1 million worldwide. Most of this community resides in India, Pakistan, East Africa and is scattered around the West. The community hosts their 10 days of Muharram (An important Islamic month) in various countries around the world. This year its Tanzania. Slowing economic growth has lead to falling house rentals and businesses suffering from lack of business and hence, the Bohra event has been a welcoming break for Dar Es Salaam's resident.Read More
I was in London a few weeks after Brexit was announced. There was excitement in the media, uncertainly on the streets of UK and a general sense of disappointment in the millions of non-white Brit's that called Britain their home.
These images show some of those people ...Read More
I've been photographing for a good couple of years now. At first it was a hobby documenting the new places and people around me. As I took photography more seriously I upgraded my gear to the Canon 5D and some fancy lenses. The Canon was also my travel camera and my companion from Madagascar to Lebanon. There was a point where I was realized that carrying the bulk with me was getting too much!Read More