Traveling is more than the seeing of sights. It´s a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living – Miriam Beard
Karl ‘Shakur’ Ndieli has started photography about 3 years ago right before a family trip around Texas and just as a way to document his life. “I wanted to create a way to capsule the places I had been after going on this summer trip, so I picked up my dad’s old camera. Little did I know it’d become a much larger part of my life.” His photography creates desire. Wanderlust. Adventurousness.
“What I try to capture is the sense of adventure. I want to be able to whisk the viewer along with me wherever I’m going. It could be just a mere paddle across the local lake nearby but I try and make the experience as magical as I can. ” he tells. “The essence of a perfect image needs 3 things. The first would be; human experience. I like to utilize a friend or myself and integrate them into the depth of the landscape to give the whole image scale and thus further draw the viewer in. The next key for me is light and color. I prefer to shoot early in the morning when the colors are more soft and at times more dramatic. By showcasing a landscape at its most photogenic time, you make people even more eager to go out and experience adventure for themselves. The final key for photographs in my opinion is authenticity. I want to be as artistically honest as I can be while telling these visual stories. I usually tie each image with a short story or anecdote explaining the lengths I went to obtain an image. I may have hiked half a day to see a magical view or I may just have gazed out of the window as my car was zooming by. By being as forthright and vivid as possible, I find I’m more able to connect with my audience.”