Anderson Mukasa Mc Bain
Trinidad is a marvelous place that presents countless photographic opportunities. I got my first camera a 110 Kodak film camera and started taking beautiful photographs. That handy little camera was stolen by the way but, don’t get me started about that. Some of the famous people whose photographs I took with that camera are
Mother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (former wife of Mr. Nelson Mandela),
Wendy Fitzwilliams (Ms. Trinidad and Tobago and Ms. Universe 1998) and
Derrick Achong (Actor from the Movie Amistad) – That’s me in the picture with Mr. Achong
Mr. Nelson Mandela came to Trinidad and I got the opportunity to stand so close to him, that had I put my hand out I could have touched him. Unfortunately, those are the only memories I have of that momentous occasion as the photos I took or attempted to take did not print. We were instructed not to use flash as Mr. Mandela has very sensitive eyes, as a result of all his years of being innocently locked up in prison. Had I a basic understanding of photography I would have attempted to take the photos differently. This encouraged me to study photography formally and it was at this point I entered the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies (now UWI Open Campus) and pursued quite successfully both Levels 1 and Level 2 in Photography. I also hold a Certificate in Mass Media and Communication Arts hence my interest in Photojournalism.
My Tutors included Mr. Peter Baptiste, Mr. Desmond Clark and the most inspirational by far Mr. Arnott Joseph. Believe it or not he was in his 80’s when he taught me and he started photography upon his retirement at 60 plus years. Unfortunately, he died before the class came to an end and he left such a legacy in the photographic world. He just loved taking beautiful photographs. What I like most about photography is the fact that you never get the same photograph twice just as every fingerprint is different. This is the concept behind my business “imagefingerprint”.
Do enjoy visiting my website and stop by the page, Your Wardrobe – Accessories and Children’s Clothing, where you would find some of my other creations, like the necklace and earrings in this photograph.
A. Mukasa Mc Bain