“My purpose is to show the world a different side of the world with every click of my camera.” So says photographer and Capital Lifestyle Instagrammer of the Week: Trevor Maingi.
Photography is Maingi’s muse. On his Instagram feed, you’ll be inspired by the beautiful spaces and visual lines of Nairobi, and some fabulous portraits of familiar faces and of regular people that make-up the heartbeat of the city. The use of shadows, light and reflections is quite poetic.
Capital Lifestyle hooked-up with him to find out how photography and Instagram have impacted his journey in Mobile Photography.
What cameras do you enjoy shooting with and what do you like most about them?
I’ll shoot with anything I get hold of. haha Anyway My got to Camera(s) Canon 6D (What I love about it is it’s performance at night. Good for low light) and iPhone 6s Plus (what’s not there to like about the iPhone? I’m assured I won’t miss a moment and I’m guaranteed high quality moments)
Where do you shoot most of your photos and what sort of photos do you like to take best?
Well, anywhere and everywhere. I find myself shooting in Nairobi or seeking adventure. Photos that I love best, I’m slowly finding my self falling in love with travel photography, and people.
What are your top tips for taking captivating Instagram photos?
I’ll skip the basic photography rules say, Find something interesting in every click. I believe there’s is always a third side of the coin. Bend the rules break them if you have to.
Which instagrammers do you recommend everyone to follow?
This is a hard one, narrowing it down is like trying to diffuse a bomb with all colours being same.
How has Instagram influenced your profession and your business?
Having a keen audience keeps me on my toes. Through Instagram I’ve met people who have helped me sharpen my skills. Business wise, well IG has somehow helped me put my name out there allowing me to work with brands.
5 Favourite Trevor Maingi aka @The_Mentalyst Instagram Posts
I like it because it looks like one person but these are two different people (twins) but you need to look closely to figure out that.
I could get used to the camping life. I never regret staying up till the AM to capture such moments. Camping at Lake OL Bolosat.
What if one day you woke up and find you had superpowers?
Finding order in chaos is somehow a drug. Exploring an abandoned warehouse with friends, I saw a sweet spot and asked myself what if I place everyone where the light falls.
When adventure calls you just pack without asking where. Up by 4 AM to go scout for locations to capture the sunrise in Dar Es Salaam