I am so happy to wake up to this day! It has been exactly a month since I started publishing images from the streets of Swaziland! The ride hasn’t been super smooth, but I have managed to find really cool stuff and I am happy of all the lessons.. such as
1. Don’t underestimate the importance of light. (Especially when using your dear old Samsung Galaxy as a camera.)
2. Be polite, ask for permission, don’t publish pictures of people you haven’t spoken to. (A lot of people don’t want their faces all over the unending interweb. People have a right to refuse, it is okay and it doesn’t change the fact they look awesome.)
3. Run after people. (If you saw something nice, turn around and go say hi!) (Don’t be creepy though.)
4. Be patient. Maybe today is not the day.
5. Remind yourself why you put yourself into this. (For me, personally, I want to make people feel good about themselves, make people smile and also show the rest of the world what a funny little place Swaziland is.) (Not in a bad way Swaziland, you are quite little. And also very very nice.)
I haven’t been able to post anything in a few days, sorry about that. First I didn’t seem to spend any time anywhere but at the office and at home. Unfortunately from my home I can’t just take a walk. This is due to variety of reasons such as countryside location, snakes, crazy dogs on the street, rain, mud and so on. All very bad reasons but I guess I can add “busy with the usual struggle of life” to the list.
Secondly, there is a very unfortunate circumstance around here as well, called super expensive internet. In Swaziland we have one and only mobile operator, providing us data at a rather high cost. Basically to post a couple of pictures and to check a few blogs I follow, it costs me diamonds and a couple Kruger Rand’s. On the other hand, using public WiFi hotspots would cost ones sanity. It. Is. Just. So. So. So. So. So. Slow.
Well anyway, here I am now. And here’s what I’ve found.
Have a stunning day!