[words and photograph Narina Exelby]
Three camera bodies, six lenses, one iPod, one iPhone, one iPad, two laptops, one GoPro camera, 11 adaptors (including two that plug into light bulb sockets – one bayonette, one screw), one cell phone, two battery chargers, one tripod, one speaker, two back-up drives and more than a few metres of cables – that’s what Mark and I are travelling with in Kenya. Ridiculous, I know. I sometimes wonder if we’ll blow the plug sockets in a few of the places we’ve worked from, but it’s all necessary for us to get our job done.
Thing is, all that tech doesn’t quite fit with the idea of a real African bush adventure. Not the way our work-worn early-1970s Land Cruiser does. Its nicks and dents, reinforced bars, rattling doors, crude dash, sturdy jerry cans, cobbled roof hatch, erratic lights – they’re right at home, out here in the wildest parts of Kenya’s parks.
While our jobs dictate that we shoot super-high-res images with our Canon and Nikons, Mark and I have decided to also record this journey for fun, in a way that feels most appropriate. And so we decided to shoot with Hipstamatic.
One muddy Nairobi morning, over breakfast in a well-used overlanders’ camp, we eventually settled on using Jimmy lens and Kodot X-Grizzled film for this trip. We wanted something that looks retro without being too processed (so it could possibly be used in a magazine feature), and that captures the unpolished romance of an African safari. Keep an eye out for our pics, which we’ll post here.