What’s up, Kuulpeeps!!!
We all know there are so many campus photographers but let me introduce you to someone different. Every time he clicks the button on a camera it doesn’t shutter. The ting goes…
Wayne Gakuo is a Computer Science Major, currently a Junior at Ashesi University. He is a proud MasterCard Foundation scholar and a proud Kenyan who comes from Mombasa. One of his passions is photography. He is the Public Relations Officer of Pencils of Promise Ashesi, and also the Design Lab Management Intern for Media at Ashesi.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: How long have you been doing photography?
Wayne: Not for long. It’s been just 1 year.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: That’s quite short for a pro like you. How did it all begin?
Wayne: It started as a mere love for selfies when I got my first internship salary and bought myself a phone, Tecno M7, back in Kenya in 2014. With its 2MP front camera, I could get clear selfies and people really liked it. Fast forward to 2016 when I bought myself a Tecno Phantom 5, which had a 13MP back camera and an 8MP front camera. At this point in time, I had stopped taking selfies and was more of the beauty of my surroundings. Ashesi University has a beautiful surrounding which I loved, which got me taking a few shots of flowers with my phone. If it’s beautiful, I don’t have to try too hard.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Wow!! Interesting
Wayne: Yh…Then the #AshPhoto competition came. Initially, I had taken a picture of a snail on the way to the New Hostel. I was on my way to class when I saw this snail crossing over the pavement and onto the other side. The rain had just stopped and this gave the picture an awesome background especially with the wet pavement.
When the announcement about the #AshPhoto competition was made, I wasn’t really interested in participating since I was doing the photography just as a hobby. Rahmat Raji (an upcoming photographer) then saw my picture and she insisted on me adding the #AshPhoto tag. She believed I could win. I did, but I never expected any prize for it. When the winners were announced, my snail photo was awarded as one of the most creative photo with a special prize from the Ashesi Public Relations office. Michael Quansah, who is Ashesi’s Public Relations Officer, awarded me a prize, and he asked me if I can drop by his office once in a while and use his camera since he saw a potential photographer in me. He taught me the DOs and DON’Ts of a photographer and to date, I give my sincere gratitude to him. He propelled me to be the photographer (although still learning) I am today.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: It’s great what you’re doing with the phone. Do you own a camera?
Wayne: No. I use a friend’s camera to take photos of some of my work. I am also a D:Lab Management Intern for Media so I have access to cameras to sharpen my photography skills.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Okay. That’s cool because cameras are quite expensive these days. Do you plan on getting a camera for yourself?
Wayne: Yeah, they are. Definitely! In due time. God willing.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Nice, nice. Do you see yourself doing photography in future?
Wayne: Yes. Why not? But I’m adding a touch of Computer Programming to it. I look at photography and programming as things that complement each other. I personally believe that if you’re into photography, then you have an eye for beauty in the things around you; if you build Websites and Mobile Applications, then the frontend of your application would be beautiful.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: What’s your style of photography?
Wayne: I love capturing moments, which means, minimal posing and taking pictures of things as natural as they are. Such photos can tell a story that could stir up a conversation between individuals.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Who do you look up to with regards to photography?
Wayne: Michael Quansah! His pictures are always on point and I always like learning more about photography from him.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Are you planning on taking up videography?
Wayne: Yes. I am currently learning videography so watch this space. Hahaha!
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: We definitely will. Yes, you have been doing photography for just a year, but what have you learnt about photography that you’d want to share with us?
Wayne: Don’t wait for a camera to start doing photography. Start from somewhere and this means using your phone to take photos. As long as you have a smartphone which has a good camera, consider yourself a photographer. Explore!
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Thank you for sharing your photography story with us. It was very inspirational.
Wayne: Thank you too for this amazing opportunity. I am humbled. I cannot wait to share this with my friends back in Kenya.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi: Yaaasss!!! Kuulpeeps to the rest of Africa.
Take a peep at some of his amazing photography skills on Instagram at Wayne Gakuo.
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