For the past decade I’ve lived as an expat; an American alien in a foreign African land. I’m currently in northern Mozambique where my family and I are part of a team that is involved in various community and spiritual development projects.
My professional training is in communications with an emphasis in audio & video production. Post-college I worked in Arizona for eight years at a Christian film company where I was responsible mainly for website design and desktop publishing.
Since moving to Africa most of my photography work has centered on humanitarian projects and assisting NGOs and Christian mission agencies in illustrating the stories they have to tell in order to promote their work, solicit donations, etc. I also regularly contribute freelance work to Ulendo, the official in-flight magazine for Air Malawi and work to promote the Yawo language and culture through Ciyawo.org. I particularly enjoy documentary, street, travel, landscape, macro and portrait photography.
I am available on occasion for freelance work and am currently partnering with Silent Images to assist NGOs and other not-for-profit agencies working in east and sub Saharan Africa to tell their own story through the use of visual media through photography and video.
Photographic prints are available for purchase at http://babatim.redbubble.com.
People who know their stuff tell you that you gotta practice, practice, practice if you want to get good at something. Author Malcolm Gladwell will tell you it’s the 10,000 hour rule. But while I don’t plan to spend that much time shooting frames or editing them in Adobe Lightroom, I do want a vehicle whereby I can strive to improve my craft. Hence, Ajambule!
Welcome to my little corner of the world, in a place as rural as I’ve ever been but brought close to you by the marvels of modern technology. “Ajambule” the word means “take a picture” in the local languages of Ciyawo and Chichewa–the most commonly used tribal languages in the region I now call home. I hear it constantly, mostly yelled through the healthy vocal chords of excited children, whenever my camera is visible.
While I do have other blogs & sites (details below), this one is specifically for my interest in photography. I want to showcase what I deem my favorites; get feedback from my readers critical or otherwise; share my work that has been brought to the world through new outlets like magazine articles, book covers and web sites. I also want to share what I’m learning in the process. I recognize this is a craft I’ll never truly master but strive to excel and improve in always.
Other web sites & links:
- My personal/family blog
- In partnership with Silent Images
- My International Guild of Visual Peacemakers profile
- Elance profile
- Malawi-related RedBubble group page I co-host
- Photo galleries I’ve posted to RedBubble
- My teen daughter Emily’s art & photography blog
- For promotion of the Yao/Ajawa/Yawo people, culture & language: Ciyawo.org