Revisiting photographic foreign collections is a never ending source of delight for me as every photo is a memory and part of my personal history that I have dedicated to capturing these moments. Most of these children however hard as their life maybe laugh to see a pudding role as they say and will respond to most requests. In this collection to get the children to smile I just asked them what made them smile and the thought had the desired effect, funnily the children with the closed eyes I asked, "what do you dream of" whatever seems to go on in their little heads they are willing to share. As we go through our life here in the west these snapshots of Kenyan life also ramble on in tandem, straw rooves, mud paths, open fires, malaria, poverty but also an honesty of life that leaves you breathless when experienced. Take a while to look at the lives behind the pictures and see if you can imagine what they dream of.
The real beauty is the ability of these wonderful people to invite you into there camp, befriend you, feed you and ask you to return if you can. I may have eaten goats eyes, intestine, snake, weird and wonderful carnivorous delicacies partnered with some of the bitterest green veg known to man however when served with the grace and generosity of the Kenyan people it is hard to refuse and easy to enjoy.
If you are yet to experience Kenya, don't leave it to late.
John Lester Griffiths
Photographer for John Lester Art
Fine Art in the form of Photography.