The year is coming to an end.
In the spirit of winding up and reflecting on the happenings that have gone by we look back down at how far we have all come. I took it to speak to the admin of @indaresalaam, an instagram and facebook page that showcases pictures of our amazing city from people in Dar.
I asked him about what he thinks of the pictures of Dar Es Salaam doing rounds on social media especially Instagram.
True to the swahili saying “mganga hajigangi” (a traditional doctor does not treat himself) our admin is a photographer himself; and because he cannot share his own work we will share it here more so about his special niché, rooftop photography.
My style of photography. Cityscape and landscape photography, I’m not a photographer though, but really in love with the whole idea of photography, I enjoy looking at great images of urban landscapes, skylines, street level, etc. I love taking photos of different projects too, I hope I can write a story about them when these projects are done …
Saf: What is more important, a good camera or a talented photographer?
Admin: I think it’s a good photographer, equipments and tools to provide quality work depend on the user, ie photographer. You can have a great camera but if you don’t know how to use it , its useless. I have seen people using simple camera but shoot great images, and people with great cameras but their work not that good.
Saf: Whats your favourite place to go shoot?
Admin: My favourite kind of photography are cityscapes and landscape photography. I want to take photos of my city from every tall building in Dar or any building that gives me a great view of the parts of the city. I have been to over 20 building roof tops in Dar alone. I Love the view of each spot and the challenges it takes us to get there.
There was a time we climbed to the 30th floor of Millenium towers 2 in kijitonyama along old bagamoyo road
by stairs because the lifts were not yet installed.
The view at the top however was out of this world worthy. This was in august 2014. Organised by obiek under the hashtag #toweredition, #burjdar. Which was borrowed from Dubai’s tallest building. Burj Khalifa.
We had a great time over there. The view of Indian ocean, Dar’s popular islands of Mbudya and Bongoyo were also in view
Millenium towers 2 in kijitonyama along old bagamoyo road is definately one of the best spots for rooftop and cityscape photographers.
Some of the best photographs taken by admin or featured by indaresalaam include:
Saf: What do you think of how far photography in East Africa has transformed.
Admin: Thanks to instagram for making us share tag and know a lot of great images from the region. Everyone is a like a photographer now. However, i would like every photographer to specialize on their areas of interest and organize some event and shoot also exhibitions where we can see different works.
Other popular rooftop spots include.
GRAND HOTEL 21ST FLOOR
BENJAMIN MKAPA TOWERS
PSPF TWIN TOWERS
TPA LIGHTHOUSE TOWER AT FERRY BRT TERMINAL
In part 2 we’ll show you the rising face of Dar Es Salaam’s skyline. . . .
May the jolly christmas spirit dwell within you through the season.