Sunday Best at Weekend Studio
Sunday Best depicts a person’s finest clothing worn on special occasions. In this case, Sunday and often church. In Kenya it's a big thing. On beginning the project, I fatefully walked into Kibera‘s oldest photo studio 4 days before it closed forever. Weekend Studio opened in 1980, in Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera. The photographer, David (first portrait), who leased the studio for 37 years, told me that due to phone cameras few people wanted studio portraits and clients nowadays requested only for passport photos. He stressed his need to retire and return home to family. I couldn't persuade him to stay and became troubled by the studios imminent closure. One week later I decided to take over the hire of the studio myself. This would keep it open and it was the perfect venue to shoot my Sunday Bests.
I've now photographed for 7 Sundays in a row at Weekend Studio and the portrait I took of David on his last ever Sunday before he left, hangs in Weekend Studio.