The Eleventh Worldwide Instameet took place this past weekend. I was lucky enough to attend two (2) Instameets, something I have never done before.
An Instameet is an event which happens all over the world around the same day, whereby people of all walks of life come together to share their interests through pictures. The pictures are then uploaded onto a social media platform, Instagram, and are usually accompanied by hashtags which are agreed upon before hand. The hashtags will normally indicate the place where the meet is happening. For instance, for the Nairobi Instameet we used the hashtags #wwim11, #wwim11_Nairobi and #Nairobiatdawn, because the meet took place early in the morning. Wwim in this case refers to Worldwide Instameet and 11 is the number of times it has taken place since it started.
A few photographers and I decided to attend the Instameet in Mombasa which took place on Saturday 21st March from 2pm and the Nairobi Instameet which took place on 22nd March from 5:30 am. I can tell you for a fact that it was totally worth the long uncomfortable 9 hour bus rides and being rained on.
“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves, in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide
Some Mombasa instagrammers sharing a light moment
These caves are now home to spiders, bats and moths. You can be sure that this the furthest I got with my fear of dark places and fast flying creatures.
From the bridge you are able to have a clear view of the crocs in the water.
Feeding time at Mamba Village Centre, in Mombasa. The crocodiles are usually fed once a week, mostly on Fridays. We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of this on a Saturday.
The power of camouflage
The masked bandit to the rescue
Trevor, partially photographed, was one of the people who made the Nairobi Instameet memorable. He had a Polaroid camera which he was using to capture images of the people who attended the Nairobi Instameet. The pictures take 1 minute to process after which you get a hard copy. You can be sure I got myself one. Also, I’ll be getting myself a similar camera.
A reflection of Ecobank towers from my cup of masala tea.