I took the following photographs in 2014, while on assignment in Nairobi, Kenya. The project is a tangent from my larger scale series focused on my own background, however I could not find many differences when comparing the East African City on this first impression. I spent many hours exploring the city with my own intentions that related back to my larger focus. The photographs included in this essay are a brief window into my view of the resilient and charming city.
I am first generation American by way of Jamaican parents from outside of Washington, DC. I moved to NYC in 2007 and have been here since – currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
For the last few years I have been documenting taxi cab drivers in Jamaica as a way of painting a portrait of where I come from. Not quite a member of the thriving tourist industry, the “Taxi Man,” bridges the gap to an authentic part of Jamaican culture. Inspired by memories from my childhood as a first generation Jamaican-American, this series has been his main focus over the last few years.