Visual inspiration: Portraits of warriors, Maasai home keepers and workers from Kenya, captured by Osborne Macharia.
Osborne Macharia is a self-taught professional photographer based in Nairobi, specialising in studio portraiture and advertising photography.
These great portraits of Kenyan warriors, mothers and workers have a great traditional painting feel to them, both in the direction of the subjects and the lighting, using red and blue gels to great effect. Osborne also chose to shoot from a lower angle, giving his subjects a greater sense of power – use this technique when shooting figures of power to enhance their stature.
Here’s a selection of photos from three of Osborne’s latest projects. To view more of his work, visit his website: K63 Studio.
Illarripok Loosarrat (Guardians of Isarrat)
“The Morans (warriors and guardians of Issarrat), a homestead comprising between 20-40 Morans.”
“The Maasai home keepers of Namanga, Kenya.”
“Series of portraits from the men of Kawangware (town near Nairobi). Some are hand cart pullers, handy men and touts.”
Photographs shared under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial licence.