The Portrait Home

I strongly believe there’s more to a picture than your pair of eyes can see. Let others see it for you and let them see it through yours.

Portrait Home: This is where the journey started for Arthur Kisitu

Portrait Home: This is where the journey started for Arthur Kisitu

Arthur Kisitu, a documentary photographer whose uniqueness lies in artificial lighting attested to this. He invited me over to have a first shoot at his newly created Portrait Home hoping for a fill up in terms of images in areas that his eyes might have over looked.

Portrait Home Model: I got a chance to photograph Arthur's' friends who had come to tour the facility

Portrait Home Model: I got a chance to photograph Arthur's' friends who had come to tour the facility

As such i spent most of the weekend shooting at his exhibition heaven. Its located in a modest home opposite The Warid Towers to the North, and Golf Course Hotel to the South in Kampala.

STONES: A mixture of stones, lights, bottle and tree trunk to form a beautiful glow

STONES: A mixture of stones, lights, bottle and tree trunk to form a beautiful glow

You are welcomed into a simple but green and neat compound with creatively burnt tree trunks which match with the hidden lights.As such, all you see are glowing lights from different sources!

ULTIMATE GLOW: The glow here is a result of a yellow bulb connected in the middle of Palm Tree dried fruit branches. Hmmmm beautiful

ULTIMATE GLOW: The glow here is a result of a yellow bulb connected in the middle of Palm Tree dried fruit branches. Hmmmm beautiful

Arthur is an innovative and creative documentary photographer. I have never met a passionate photographer in my life. His kind of photo is one he himself does not understand. This way, it evokes his mind into thinking harder.A Business Administration graduate of Makerere University Kampala, every time spent with him is a learning experience. He’s a slow substance speaker.

Arthur has an amazing frame of a model beside this bulb. But i just loved how dominant the bulb is with a backdrop of darkness

Arthur has an amazing frame of a model beside this bulb. But i just loved how dominant the bulb is with a backdrop of darkness

Scrap was the primary material used to set up this home. Tree trunks, Palm branches, broken bottles, metal scrap are a common sight at creation.

Don't you love the effect here?

Don't you love the effect here?

The Portrait Home will be used for weddings, music video shoots, portrait shoots, everyday photo exhibitions and family get-together s among others. The portrait home concept is a project he hopes to market to the western world, especially the museums just so Africa seizes to be stereotyped with not just war, poverty and hunger but a beautiful, modern and lively community.

I tried as much to show a sycranized effect of this plates but due to a lack of a really wide angle lens, i could only manage this. I still believe i pulled it off.

I tried as much to show a sycranized effect of this plates but due to a lack of a really wide angle lens, i could only manage this. I still believe i pulled it off.

On top of this creation, Arthur has done several documentaries mainly interlinking HIV, War and Poverty.He has had an exhibition on children on from the war ravaged northern Uganda and   street children in Uganda

Arthur's grandfather, Mr.Kaddu Wasswa is an old but wise grey haired man. He talk inspires a lot. Here (seen on the far rgiht) he was speaking to some of Arthur's friends who had come to tour the facility at the Portrain Home

Arthur's grandfather, Mr.Kaddu Wasswa is an old but wise grey haired man. He talk inspires a lot. Here (seen on the far right) he was speaking to some of Arthur's friends who had come to tour the facility at the Portrain Home

Although it is often said that artists live relatively in a world of their own, Arthur’s work is very real. It necessitates being in constant touch with the pulse of society (environment). He up dates himself with current trends and his day-to-day work is far from solitary.

This is a swing chair which glows more than any part of Arthur's Portrait Home. Unfortunately, some lights did not turn on but i still found it interesting to frame

This is a swing chair which glows more than any part of Arthur's Portrait Home. Unfortunately, some lights did not turn on but i still found it interesting to frame

In my line of work, i consider Arthur Kisitu to be a friend, a colleague and one of the brightest photographers i have worked with. Enjoy the pictures.

Another of Arthur's friends i enjoyed photographing.I could imagine a newly wed bride with her white against the glowing yellow bulb.

Another of Arthur's friends i enjoyed photographing.I could imagine a newly wed bride with her white against the glowing yellow bulb.

5 thoughts on “The Portrait Home

  1. Well Eddie I totally enjoyed the story from Arthur’s new baby The Portrait Home,you always amaze me with your skills to capture light and make ordinary journey such a beautiful sight. Keep the stories coming

    • Joe, if there is a photographer who challenges me in all possible ways, its Arthur. He’s such a hands-on man. Its amazing how he came up with this idea.

      It was a unique opportunity to enjoy another photographers creations..I am working on some projects with him and its really exciting.

      Its always an honour to have you pass by my blog.

  2. I am humbled. For once, in a looooooong time, i feel some one has done some ‘justice’ to my work. It takes alot of humility, patience and intelligence for anyone to appreciate my otherwise abstract concepts. Thank you edward, you have won my respect.

    • Arthur, you do a great job. You show me another side to Photography. And am one admirer of your creativity and innovativity.

  3. Is there someone out there seeing Arthur’s creativity with lights in photography! I have benefited from his talent couple of times and its amazing how his photos stand the test of time. One photo is worth 5000 words; its message is ever new; the printed ones never fades fade. Even if I have to wait for months to book him for a photographer, I will do it. It is worth

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