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Masai Mara Reserve & Amboseli National Park, Kenya

2020 has been a hectic year, our lives were put on pause. In the midst of it, I traveled to Kenya for a period of 6 weeks, to emerge myself in the true wilderness of the Masai Mara Game Reserve and Amboseli National Park.

Never before did silence feel so confusing, fearful, and liberating all at the same time. In fact, in the absence of the usual herds of tourists, but with wildlife in full effect, I felt a deeper connection with Africa than ever before. And in that particular space of not knowing what’s ahead of us, ‘Umoja’ was born, a collection of images that describe my emotional connection with these landscapes. 

The word ‘Umoja’ is Swahili for ’oneness’, for ‘unity’ and I sincerely hope that this collection of images will serve as a reminder that ‘we are one’. I believe that’s 1 lesson we all learned this year. Because in the end, it’s so easy to get caught in the grandness of our egos when we are disconnected from the grandness of Mother Nature.  

A big shout-out to our partners on this trip. Thank you for believing in my work and for always putting us in the right place at the right time; Alex Walker Serian, Elewana Collection, Emboo Camp, Angama Mara and Big Life Foundation

If you want to get a print of this collection check out my print store