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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.