Brian Siambi is an editorial, commercial and travel photographer, based wherever my camera takes him.Born and raised in Nairobi Kenya Siambi love for the arts started at a young age through illustrations learning from his uncle.
Lifetimes later he became a graphic designer while working for a Kenyan top women’s magazine True Love Magazine East Africa, His interest in fashion photography started here while working with his mentor/friend Emmanuel Jambo. It was during this time Brian started shooting with his phone and grew from there.
Brian work focuses on capturing fashion and travel in its element. He love natural light and shadows and how it forms interesting light against his subjects.
Always experimenting with new techniques, Simabi love challenging himself to always push the limits of creativity. He is currently working on a series called The Dark Matter Project that is a collaboration with different African models, designers showcasing their unique fashion and documenting this through creative forms fo editorial photography.
The Dark Matter Project
The Series is a personal three year project of my exploration of our rich beautiful dark skin through fashion. It is my learning and unlearning of years of the media’s definition of beauty to us and how it shaped what we see as beauty and not. What started as a fashion project has slowly shifted to concepts having a political tone on the challenges we face as a continent.
“Sons of Stolen Lands was such a project. It was a story telling how colonisers came and enriched themselves with our resources by shifting our mindset and telling us their ways were better, their god was better, their dressing, way of life were better, so we ditched our traditions for “Modern times” It’s a journey to appreciate my culture and it’s richness.
A collaboration with my good friend and talented stylist Bryan Emry where we work with different African fashion brands, stylists and models to create an African fashion narrative not just to show the west but also to get us Africans to start appreciating our own. It is a journey that I continually challenge my art to create unique work.
Content courtesy of Brian Siambi & Nairobi fashion hub