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 in homes around the world as a daily reminder that ‘we are one’. I believe that's 1 lesson we all learned this year.
In March 2021 I went back to Kenya for another 4 weeks, this time in the second year of this global pandemic, to continue to work on this series. For me personally, being amongst these incredible creatures during these times of global turmoil, demonstrated once again that hope may never be seen as a weakness because it takes so much strength and courage to enter that space of vulnerability of being open to the possibilities. 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.
Below you see the full collection. 19 images come as 'open edition' images, 5 images come as 'limited edition' images. Read more about the difference here.