Kenyan photographers be buggin’

The team whose work was being exhibited.
The team whose work was being exhibited.

Insects. We love them right? Wrong. No one who is not a scientist at ICIPE who is studying them, executives at Mortein Doom, Raid and Bolt who make a killing them or nutty folks will be seen declaring their love for them.

This is why it was so interesting when photographers Eric Gitonga, Abdul Mutuma, Martha Mutiso, Sabore Noah and Larry Asego, hosted a Bugging a Macro Journey photography exhibition at the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi the other day for insects. The event was sponsored by Alliance Francaise, Pawa254, Photographers Association of Kenya, National Museums of Kenya and Nature Kenya.

I was unable to attend the opening which was quite well attended but I went to check out the work at a later date. The exhibition showed a variety of the bugs that we see in our daily lives as well as some rare ones including spiders, house flies, fruit flies, praying mantis, ladybirds and many more. The photos of the insects are large prints that were retailing at anything from Kshs8,000 to Kshs20,000 depending on the quality of the photos.

The photographs have been done exceedingly well and I enjoyed the watching these creatures that I don’t love up close. I was able to see that these little critters in a different way without them being at the end of my boot as I stomped on them or as I swatted them. I suspect that the public was similarly amazed as the exhibition was so well received that the venue extended the dates by one extra week

For those who missed out on the exhibition there is hope you yet. The work of the five photographers was compiled into a book costing Kshs5,000. You want to check out the good work please email larryasego{at}