Hi, Have You Met Cedi & McShady?

They say your life is a blank page, and the only way to write on it is to travel. Upon our many escapades, we were fortunate to meet Michael Mbwambo aka Mcshady on Instagram. A Tanzanaian photographer from Dar Es Salaam who is a lover of life and travel whose feed showcases breathtaking views of the Indian ocean.

Serenity captured by McShady
Serenity captured by McShady

We were also very fortunate to meet Cedric Mungai, or Cedi as he is known among his peers. An urban photographer whose feed is full of  interesting city scapes and architecture in Nairobi, Kenya.

City Scape frozen by Cedric Mungai
City Scape frozen by Cedric Mungai

These are well known photographers in the Tanzanian and Kenyan photography scene respectively. You may ask what binds these two from different countries, different cities, and if you have been reading our previous posts, then you definitely know the answer is photography.

Portraiture photography by Cedi
Portraiture photography by Cedi

Another similarity between these two talented photographers is that they are both in the digital marketing and advertising fields where McShady has a number of accolades for being outstanding in his field and Cedi is a talented animator.

Sea shore
Sea shore

All modesty aside, who do you think is more “out there” in photography, Kenya or Tanzania, and what do the two gentlemen think is important between a good photographer and a good camera. Read on to find out:

Buni: What are your official names?

McShady: Michael Shedrack “McShady” Mbwambo

Cedi: Mungai Cedric Wang’ang’a but everyone calls me Cedi.

Buni: What do you use to freeze time?

Mcshady: Canon 6D, Canon Mark ii 5D and Canon Mark iii 5D

Cedi: I use a Canon 550D predominantly but I also shoot with my smartphone a lot too.

A good photographer is key according to Mcshady
A good photographer is key according to Mcshady

Buni: In your opinion, which is more important? A good camera or a good photographer?

Mcshady: Today’s standard smartphone has everything better than in the day, in terms of memory and computing ability than a computer used to take Armstrong to the moon back in 1969. A camera is a tool that receives set of instructions from a photographer. so although the best camera can do wonders, it can only do so in the hands and good eye of a good photographer.

As captured by Cedric
As captured by Cedric

Cedi: A good photographer definitely. For me a camera doesn’t really matter since a camera captures your imagination.

Buni: What level do you wish to see photography in East Africa reach?

McShady: International recognition.I believe this is the key because it is what will channel in more jobs or bookings for photographers in the region.It is the same for a giant company to trust a Lucie or Kontinent Award winner than a regular photographer…So I wish to see East African photographers getting the international recognition they need and consequently this will open up the region.

Cedi: I’d like to see photography embraced more in East Africa, I can’t say I know much about Uganda and Tanzania but here in Kenya it feels like photography is not as appreciated as it should be. For example taking photos in the Central Business District (CBD) is really hard, as soon as you take out your camera you are labelled as a threat to security yet in cities like New York and other cities in the west people shoot freely. In general I also would like to see art appreciated more.

Nairobi by Day
Nairobi by Day

For Cedi, his favorite place to go and shoot has to be Karura Forest though he hasn’t been there in a while he confesses. “I am at peace in nature.”

wanderlust
wanderlust

McShady on the other hand does not have a favourite place to shoot. I can shoot anywhere or anything depending on what I see and others may not see it.”

“I’m younger than you think I am, that’s what people don’t know about me.” Says Cedi.

Can you guess his age at the comment section below. .We’d love to hear your guesses.

A night view of Dar es salaam by Mcshady
A night view of Dar es salaam by Mcshady

Buni: Most memorable moment in your photography escapades?

McShady: The First Instameet which was on May 2014 is my most memorable. I met different young, ambitious and talented photographers in Dar es Salaam. I didn’t know that we had such amazing and talented photography community in Dar es Salaam. Although I knew some few photographers like Michael Mlingwa, Osse Greca Sinare, Salum Farah, Ally, Raqey Gavin Gosbert , Francis Aganno and others. We got featured on the Instagram blog and post. This really put Tanzania in the map photography-wise. I admire this community because it keeps growing bigger and bigger every day.

the world wide insta meet 9 organised by Instagram saw Tanzania being featured on the official instagram blog.
the world wide insta meet 9 organised by Instagram saw Tanzania being featured on the official instagram blog.

Cedi: I don’t recall any major one but its always memorable to catch the sunrise.

A sunrise is one favourite shot for Cedi
A sunrise is one favorite shot for Cedi

Buni: Which photographer across Africa would you like to meet?

McShady: I would like to meet these 8 photographers who had chance to be recognized by CNN: Zanele Muholi (South Africa) Hélène Amouzou(Togo) Nii Obodai (Ghana) Mutua Matheka (Kenya- I met him and would love to spend more time with Mutua, he is very talented) Lakin Ogunbanwo (Nigeria) Dillon Marsh (South Africa) Emeka Okereke (Nigeria) and Michael Tsegaye from Ethiopia.

Cedi: I would definitely like to meet Von Wong to confirm if he is really human.

A chapel as captured by Mcshady
A chapel as captured by Mcshady

“I don’t like to see people suffering especially Children. And I am too easy, I think I can live with anyone “- Mcshady

Buni: What do you do full time? and other than photography what else are you good at?

McShady: I am entrepreneur, a social media guru and a farmer. I founded a social media company back in the days; it’s called POPOTE media which means Be Everywhere. And yes…I work in social media advertising full time.

Cedi: I’m good at day dreaming haha… Full-time I’m a motion designer/ Animator at a digital advertising firm.

Another Portrait from Cedi
Another Portrait from Cedi

 

Buni: What advise would you give to budding photographers out there in the world?

McShady: Well my advice to beginners is this, if you are interested in photography don’t wait until you have a large fancy camera, start with whatever you have. And to the pros, keep learning and practicing and secondly if you are doing photography as a business, remember that you are the business owner, a CEO, a CFO, a customer service and probably everything…it is challenging but necessary to build your business skill because photography is good business.

Cedi: My advice to all the photographers out there is “Keep shooting!”

City Architecture, Keep Shooting
City Architecture, Keep Shooting

There you have it, from the lips of some of the very best there is.What more can Buni say if not “Keep Shooting”

PS: Happy new month! May the odds be in your favor. Cheers!

A toast with McShady
A toast with McShady
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9 thoughts on “Hi, Have You Met Cedi & McShady?

    1. There are events called “instameets” where photographers meet and take photos of the city, the Nairobi by day picture was taken during one of those meets. It was a case of perfect timing.

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