Have had the privilege of working with The Paradigm Project a good bit during this last year… I love what the folks are doing at this org, they have a super unique model and from what I can tell it’s making a really neat impact. We have been shooting a whole series of little motion pieces that they are using as part of marketing campaign. Many more episodes to come, but for now, here’s the trailer:
We ended up hiking up and around Mt Kenya pretty spontaneously earlier this week… by that I mean, we basically woke up in the morning and said… let’s go to Mt Kenya today. We drove our van an hour into the middle of nowhere to a tiny (almost completely abandoned) lodge at about 10K elevation. We left it there and hiked a few hours, ascending another 3K feet or and spent the night at the first campsite… I had brought a tiny tent (intended for me when I camp solo) but we ended fitting three of us in there, which was very tight to say the least. I’m a gear head and even tho we hadn’t ever even planned for this trek, I felt a little ill-prepared not having the right gear… thus a little bummed… but not for long:
It’s getting late but wanted to post at least something… I’m working with Paradigm Project and recently spent some time living and cooking in a hut, specifically documenting the challenges presented by cooking over a three stone fire…for now, here’s an image of our Kenyan kitchen:
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.
I’m currently in Kenya working with Paradigm Project. Paradigm is a group that is currently focusing on getting wood efficient stoves into the hands of the families that need them. But why stoves? Why is that so important? In a few hours, I leave Nairobi to head a bit north to Meru… there me and one of their directors, Greg Spencer, will be living in a hut for 5 days in hopes to answer that question.
Our goal is pretty simple… we plan to embed ourselves in this community to really paint a clear picture of what it’s like to live in these harsh conditions. We’ll be collecting our own firewood, fetching our water, and as the people in this area do, we’ll be living on less than $2.50 USD a day… Statistics show that living in a hut that uses a traditional open fire for cooking is equivalent to to smoking 40 cigarettes in a day… so we’ll be experiencing (and documenting) that reality, along with other challenges associated with this life.
I am super pumped about this rich and rare cultural experience we’ll have, all that we will learn, the relationships we’ll build and the powerful piece that will come out of it. Will be back with updates in 5 days.
Here’s December desktop (
slightly extremely late)
it takes me awhile to settle on an image that I think can work well as a desktop. This one comes from Ghana when I was there with Videre.
We were in Cape Coast, and this frame was shot from a castle right on the water. Enjoy!
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