One Sunday afternoon, some fellow photographers and I decided to go explore a quarry in the heart of Kahawa Sukari. Ngotho (@ngothomaina on Instagram) was the person who had initially discovered this well hidden treasure. Trevor (@the_mentalyst), Jackie (@j.mwai), Mungai (@izmungai) and I met up in town at around 1:45 pm and began our journey. A journey that was initially supposed to take 30 minutes ended up taking 2 whole hours. We boarded the wrong matatu and only realized so when we it stopped at a Kenol petrol station in Kahawa West :-o. Before boarding the matatu I’d asked the conductor if they were headed to Kahawa Sukari, which he assured me they were. So you can imagine how confused we were when we were NOT in Kahawa Sukari. We later discovered that it’s a common gimmick amongst some bus routes especially over the weekends since most people don’t frequent the CBD much as compared to weekdays. So they’ll do and SAY just about anything provided they fill the matatus. Anyway, now we had to figure our way out of there since we were meeting other photographers who had already arrived at the quarry. We got assistance from one of the drivers of the Kahawa West matatus and in no time we back on the road. We boarded a matatu that was headed to RoySambu, near Thika Road Mall (TRM). Here, we alighted and connected to yet another matatu that was headed in the Kahawa West direction. By now 1 and a half hours had passed and we were pretty exhausted thanks to being on the road for so long and on top of that the sun had decided to appear with all his relatives. We were also very hungry so on arrival at Kahawa Sukari we passed by a supermarket, QuickMart, and grabbed something to eat and drink. Can you believe we still had to board another public means of transport even after all that :-/.. So we boarded a Maruti (a mini matatu that is common amongst the Asian community in Kenya) until Kahawa Sukari Mall. Because the matatus cannot access the place we were headed to, we had to walk and after about 15 minutes we were at our final destination (FINALLY!!). That was a journey and a half I tell you. We met up with the rest of the people who had already began exploring the place. Since there’s not much there, people had carried props such as umbrellas, spray paint, powder paint and hats to use for the shoot. “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” – Edward de Bono
For more pictures of the place, do checkout #MatembeziShuge on Instagram. ADIOS!