My name is Michael Isuja Goima. I was born and raised in Dar es salaam, Tanzania. Growing up I never pictured myself becoming an artist in the future, instead I always pictured myself being a doctor or lawyer. Nevertheless, art was always the thing that excited me! I remember dancing to MJ’s music, watching movies like Say Anything, Coming to America and Sheena, and during my junior school I loved to draw and paint in art club.
At the end of 2012 I was certain I wanted to be a photographer or filmmaker, but I didn’t even have a point and shoot and couldn’t afford one! I had just recently started my first year of college studying business administration. I decided to learn all the basic photography techniques in advance before I got my hands on a camera; so I took a lot of time studying photography with free materials online.
My cousin returned to Dar from South Africa in September 2014, he had with him a Nikon D40 with 18 – 55mm kit lens! I borrowed his camera and started playing with it. I started experimenting with nature photography and finally found that I could put into practice what I had learned. After a lot of practice in nature photography, I shot my first official portrait on the 1st of November, 2014 edited it fast in light room and posted it on Instagram!
Then I continued to practice; Tested Ideas, use of natural light, working with shadows and experimented a lot and this is where I am now. The following is one my recent portrait which I shot three months ago.
Photography is now a huge part of my life and I dedicate myself to learning new things every day. This is just the begging of my photography journey I am still yet to grow and learn a lot. I’ve only had two years in what I hope will be a long photography career and there will be a lot of transformation along the way. So buckle up guys and let’s experience this journey together!
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