‘Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (b. 1983) is a young Kenyan photographer who lives and works in Nairobi. Educated from the University of Cape Town in 2006 she has a number of exhibition and projects behind her.’, Bling (2014)
‘My work now consists of collecting memory, of the places I encounter, documenting the familiar, the everyday, and the mundane. The encounters are always different, almost like new lovers. I bookmark geographical locations with landmarks of affect: I was here when my friend passed away, this is where I have a home: a family. This is the place I longed to be and couldn’t stay. The photographs are not about one country, one city or one place, but are an emotional cartography of where I have been.’, Mimi Cherono ng ́ok (2017)
Looking at her pictures I didn’t understand until I read her statement. The pictures started making sense. In my opinion her pictures are not to be seen separate, but only in series. This actually fits the project I’m currently working on myself. This project has for now the working title “The Hike”. This artist is inspirational to me not because of her pictures, but because her conceptual way of working.
Aperture #227 Platform Africa (2017), New York City: Aperture Foundation
When i started traveling I came to life, but the experience killed me. All I knew turned out to be insufficient. All I know is doubt. Joy isn’t careless, astonishment awakes annoyance, reconciliations in nothingness overtake pleasures. No vessels burned behind me, no desire to return. Pursuing simple life doesn’t make life simple. It becomes a choice between switching on and off. A choice between being aware and burn or float in the unfulfilling stream of the unaware.
If you think my world view is pessimistic, you’re lucky as apparently you’re not on fire.
What I get out of life?, what i want out of life?, the value of life?, the behoof of life?
I can see the bigger picture, put things in perspective, rationalise, and occasionally play things down and still i get angry. Why?
Doing a google image search for a sunrise I can identify 5 different sunrise picture categories:
coloured light reflected in clouds
The most deviating picture is the sunrise coming through the bowed fingers, but this is for me even a bigger cliche picture then I already find sunrises. It’s impossible to open up a popular photography magazine without seeing, the yellow, red and purple colours of sunrise or sunset.
All below pictures are part of a larger project called ‘the hike’. I started the end of July with hiking in weekends and I’ll stop when the trail leaves the Benelux after 900km. Hopefully I can later pick up the project again when I can take a longer holiday. The trail ends in Nice.
I’m trying to be spontaneous and playful in composing. I make sphere impressions while hiking long distance stages. On average I hiked 60km almost each weekend from absolutely flat in the Netherlands to mountainous in the Ardennes and Luxembourg. Perseverance and Solitude are other keywords for this project. The emotions and atmosphere I try to use as base for the whole project.
The first couple of pictures are the most ‘standard’. Nevertheless, to my opinion they appeal very much. My analysis is that the sunrise together with other elements in the pictures give an emotional load to these pictures. The creativity lies in the fact that the sunrise is subject matter, but not the subject. In the 2nd series of pictures below and ultimately in the final selection that becomes more evident.
sunrise is not the main subject, but adds to the emotional load of the picture
Juxtaposing the dark mood of a cemetery with the bright colours of sunrise
Racism in the United Kingdom & Ireland is a widespread problem. This series is based upon fellow Malaysians experiences with racism and ignorance who are either living or studying in the United Kingdom & Ireland. (Adams, 2017)
An inspiring series of photos. The stories of people captured in a photo. I like the pictures very much, but I’m also interested in the process behind the pictures. From a story to a punchline, from an idea to a concept and then the planning and execution. His other projects on his homepage are thought through as well. Not just beautiful pictures. In a series they tell a story, or the same story over and over with different subjects. That repetition of sensuality gives for example strenght to Daniel’s project book i.
Every aspect of why is your English so good looks thought through, not only the story the picture tells, but also composition, use of colour, use of props and models. Every picture is a piece of art in its own.
What I learn from it that a well thought through concept can add to the beauty of a series.