I first went to Kenya in 2005 because I wanted to see the wildlife. I had no idea how the land would touch me, and I longed to go back. Ten years later I returned, this time as a more skilled photographer, in hopes of capturing a piece of it to take back home.
Kenya is a soul-stirring place. The vast tracts of land with no roads or structures inhabited by wild animals normally seen only in zoos is surreal at first. And then, as the land holds you in its grasp, it begins to feel like you are where you belong. Contemplating this later, it occurred to me that human history played out in Kenya, and maybe on some level I could sense that. I often found myself staring out the window of our Land Cruiser lost in contemplation, and a sense of deep serenity would wash over me.
I made these pictures so that I would have a memento of Kenya’s beauty and a reminder of its impact on my spirit. I am sharing them with you in hopes that you are inspired to see this beautiful land and, in so doing, you are also motivated to help conserve it.
© 2017 Teri Vershel