Zanzibar

01st November 2011, in Blog (10 Comments)

Zanzibar airport should be called Cessna Caravan International. It’s like a show room for bush adventure. Abeid Amani Karume greets us with calls to prayer. Hot guilt hangs in the air between the banana leaves. Loudspeakers everywhere reminding you of your sins and mosquitos reminding you of passing blood, passing life, passing out. African energy under religion claims a unique enthusiasm. We’re dodging scooters, trucks, young girls in shrouds cartoonishly veiled darting across potholes and a suspicious education system. Zanzibar men are born in a white sheet with cellphone attached to the ear. Luminous green grows out the island pores. The locals have more words for bananas than eskimos have words for bananas. It’s a banana that should be on their flag. Hanging over their deep turquoise ocean blue.

We spend the evening smashing safari lagers and diving off a dhow called cuppicino with friends we make from the UK, Germany and Sandton Center. It’s one of those afternoons you’ll recount forever. I almost broke my back diving into paradise. The crazy german who tweets for Adidas is paddling out on the lid of the coolerbox with Canon G9. WTF. I want whatever he’s having. “MY MUSIC IS GONNA SMASH IN THE FACE!,” says DJ Mukada as he blazes our beach party into the night until Zanzibarian Micheal Jackson in gold tights takes over the dance floor through flames and cheap chinese lasers. I can’t watch. This island smells like sex and suncream. Blue painted Australians on acid are jumping over campfires with wild eyes and redbull tequila. I’m trying to find my hotel at 4am when I can’t pronounce the name. Nungwi. Nungiviwi. Nuguliwini. Nungiwini. I need to come back here soon.

Taken while on a campaign shoot I was on with creative director @DeanOelsch

 

 

10 Comments

November 1, 2011 9:31 am

Roxy Rosenberg

AWESOME

November 1, 2011 10:28 am

Meghan (@karmamalas)

Have been waiting for these with bated breath…and then they go and take my breath away ;)

November 1, 2011 11:25 am

jenna (@@jennavanschoor)

have to get to zanzibar.

actually going to look at flight prices now.

great photos.

November 1, 2011 2:15 pm

Jenny (@SenseAfrica)

Beautiful photos and sums up how Africa is.

November 6, 2011 8:49 pm

Karma (@@karmajustfar)

Brilliant photos!

November 8, 2011 12:16 pm

Simon

Wonderful pictures.

What effects have you applied to these if you don’t mind sharing?

December 26, 2011 12:51 am

Dunja (@http://twitter.com/#!/DunjaMrdjen)

I’ve been to Zanzibar twice. You’ve captured it so well. I love these, especially your bananas. They remind me of De Chirico’s “The Uncertainty of the Poet”.

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Russell (@www.twitter.com/russelljarvis)

I love this post man. You captures Zanzibar beautifully in your pictures and your words

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