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About Me

My introduction to the world of photography started in the early 1970's when I was about 15 years old. I was gifted an old Yashica camera—similar to a Yashica Mat 124G—by my aunt who noticed my curiosity with the camera, and thought I may want to learn how to use it. While I did take a few pictures with that camera, my main interest was to figure out how it worked. I took apart the camera, but I was never able to put it back together. I got in a lot of trouble for that. A few years later, after the memory of my failed camera operation attempt had faded, I picked up a camera again. At this time, I was using my father’s Canon F-1 camera. By then I had become an expert at loading the 35 mm film but manual focusing was much more difficult to master.

My father was a Zoology professor, and he used to take his students on field trips for wildlife observation. During summer breaks I was able to tag along on those trips—as long as I did not get into any trouble! I fell in love with the landscape that I saw, and was greatly inspired by it. My father then was assigned to teach at Makerere University, Kampala, so my family moved to Uganda where they stayed for a few years. I was still in high school at the time so I was not able to move there with them, however I did visit for 3 months during the summer of 1975.

Kampala is a beautiful city, it is known as the “Peal of Africa” to this day, but the real attraction of Uganda was its vast wilderness and National Parks. I was lucky enough to visit several of their parks back when tourism there was not yet the popular or accessible activity as it is today. Visiting the parks and observing the wilderness rekindled my love for the outdoors, and photography was one of the ways of keeping the memory alive. Unfortunately, life got in the way and my hobby slipped away from me for a few decades.

I finally got back into photography about 20 years ago. I have always thought of photography as a preservation of memory. Often times I find myself disappointed with how the human eye sees and the brain process cannot be captured mechanically. I make it a point to avoid over processing my photos (though sometimes, there is no other option). What I present here is how I see the world, one frame at a time. I understand that when I look at a photograph, what I remember from taking it may not be what your experience is. When I look at pictures taken by others however, I try to imagine what their experience may have been like.

I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed capturing them.

Latif Ahmed



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