Bikini Shoot With A Beauty From Mozambique

Do you do photo shoots? That question aroused when i took a picture of that young lady with her friend at the beach of Ponta Do Ouro. I do for fun, not professionally, i replied. She explained to me, she never did a photo shoot in bikini but like to have some pictures. So it came to her first bikini shoot on next day.

And she did very well, right? Naturally and confident she moved at the shore of the Indian ocean. Smiled, laughed or gave me a stern look. It was pure fun even when more people arrived and gave us a curious gaze. The crowd also attracted the police, which said, it’s too much water around our feet. So we had to stop. But hey the result is impressive, isn’t it?

Lynda At The Beach

Lynda was traveling Tanzania, as she heard about my lifestyle. To my surprise she changed her travel plans, checked out of her five-star-hotel and pitched her tiny tent next to my Land Rover which was south of Daressalam that time. She wanted know more about how i live and travel. However, i brought her to my „hideaway beach“, where we started spontaneously a photo shooting. Not having my full equipment with me, i tried to give my best, as Lynda did too. And she did well, didn’t she? 😀

Beach Photo Shooting

It was on my camp at Mikadi Beach when i met those two young women. Talking about the beaches around here, i mentioned a lonely beach with crystal clear water where i was for a photo shooting before. The two friends wanted a photo shooting too. I’m delighted to bring them there and having a day out with lots of fun.

Photo Shooting With Ruby

African girls like to change their hairstyle frequently. With Ruby i had the pleasure to meet  her over the last weeks in very different styles and having a couple shootings. Each time she looked like another person. She also grow more self confident with every shooting, a pleasure to have her in front of my Nikon.

No Shit: Hollywood In Nairobi

A friend called me, there are need of people joining as statists for filming. There is some money offered, but surely i wanted have a glimpse behind the scene of movie making too. The location was held on Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), an impressive building complex, especially at night. Inside that futuristic looking building is a big conference room, called the Amphitheatre. Rows of empty seats around a red carpeted centre when i get there. Just a few people sitting and standing spread around. No camera or film team in sight. A busy looking lady giving out a form which claims all right on filming on that spot. An amount of money for compensation is promised by that form too. To my surprise i’m told, it’s not a Kenyan production but Hollywood itself shows up, making a science fiction movie. Around 30 people gathered this evening to pretend being members of a parliament or council. Due the delay of the film team, we got coffee and sandwiches first, got fitted in suits and dresses and finally seated in front of the camera, which arrived meanwhile. The next three hours or so, we shifted from row to row, from box to box, from level to level. In the movie, the 30 people of us will appear as around 300 people in the council. Before midnight, the film director was happy with the take. With the welcome cash in my hand and new experience in my head i stepped out in the nightsky.

Solita’s Fashion Shooting

We had to talk with the guards, but then they let us to the roof top for a photo shooting. The location was perfect, my model Solita (instagram: @solitacruz) has been once more enthusiastic and the afternoon light just came right.

Handmade in Zambia – The WayaWaya Project

Not another bottomless project where money just drains down the hole, was in the mind of Iris , the Norwegian founder, but a start to a profitable business with high quality products. Fashionable leather handbags, designed by the founder, are made by hands of six local ladies with best materials available.

Iris and her mother welcome me in the outskirt of Livingstone. I get introduced to the six ladies, who work for the new company. They sit under a shady tree in front of the house when I arrived. On the table are scissors, leather pieces, zips, measuring bands. The electricity still goes trough the neighbour building, but they didn’t pay the bill and the power cut off for both. The team is now improvising, working on steps what can be done by hands only.

Inside the one storey building are cutting and sewing machines, stock on leather and materials and in near future also a display room. They just moved in, I got explained, and some things still have to be improved.

The founder wants not only to provide a workplace for local women, but to create a new brand for the market in Europe, or beyond. It was a long way to teach those ladies and make them understand what is expected on the international market, she explains me, and this development still goes on. There’s no coincidence why the new brand named WayaWaya, what means ‘growing from ground up’.

Nur nicht ein weiteres Hilfsprojekt, in dem Geld in ein bodenloses Loch verschwindet, dachte sich Iris, als sie hier eine neue Firma gründete. Stattdessen soll es ein profitables Geschäft mit hochqualitativen Produkten werden. Moderne Lederhandtaschen, mit eigenem Design und aus bestem Material, das möglichst Lokal besorgt werden kann, ist die Idee dahinter.

Iris und ihre Mutter begrüssen mich ausserhalb von Livingstone und stellen mich den sechs Frauen vor, die momentan für die Firma arbeiten. Sie sitzen unter einem schattigen Baum und arbeiten an den Reissverschlüssen der Handtaschen. Auf dem Tisch liegen Scheren, Lederstücke, Reissverschlüsse, Massbänder. Normalerweise arbeiten sie in dem Haus, in dem die Firma erst vor kurzem eingezogen ist. Doch die Stromleitung läuft noch durch das Nachbarhaus. Wenn diese es versäumen die Rechnung zu bezahlen, wird der Strom für beide Grundstücke abgeschaltet. So wird nun improvisiert und draussen die Produktionsschritte gemacht, die nur von Hand gefertigt werden können.

Der Weg zu einer erfolgreichen Marke ist lang und steinig, weiss die Gründerin. Schon den Arbeiterinnen verständlich zu machen, was der internationale Markt erwartet, nämlich nicht nur funktionale Produkte, sondern auch gute Qualität in Material und hohe Ansprüche im Design, braucht viel Zeit. Nicht umsonst wurde die neue Marke auf den Begriff ‚WayaWaya’ getauft, was soviel bedeutet wie ‚von Grund auf’.