#WhoIFollow: Kenya’s @asayf

In the #WhoIFollow series, we ask Instagrammers to share their favorite people to follow. For more photos and videos from Asif and his favorites, follow @asayf, @jnsilva, @anthonyn1cholas and @umarali on Instagram.

"I like photographers who capture humans interacting with their environment and thus follow accounts that inspire me to look at life from a new perspective," says traveling Instagrammer Asif Khan (@asayf), who lives in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Asif recently started the #AbandonedNairobi hashtag series with other Instagrammers to document some of the human stories behind derelict places in his home city. “They all have such interesting stories behind them,” he says. “The first place we picked was originally a hospital. In a country that is desperately short of such facilities, having an abandoned hospital just doesn’t make sense.” Asif often looks for the human element in photos: “We are not separate from our surroundings,” he explains, “We leave our mark wherever we go.”

He regularly goes out shooting with fellow photography enthusiasts Samir Dave (@samdave69) and Ahmed Salim (@ahmedsalims). Some of his favorite Instagrammers to follow from Africa also include Steven Chikosi (@stevenchikosi) and Roy Potterill (@roywrench). Asif says he met some of the most important people in his life through Instagram and recently traveled to New York to meet some of them in person. Here’s his list of favorite people to follow:

  • J.N. Silva (@jnsilva) – “He’s one prime example of a guy who’s taken it on himself to grow the Instagram community in New York City and who gets more and more people shooting. Of course, his photography is brilliant. I learnt a lot from him.”
  • Anthony Nicholas (@anthonyn1cholas) – “His photography from New York and New Jersey is phenomenal, and he’s so humble! Always a good quality to have.”
  • Umar Ali (@umarali) – “His photographs documenting life in the Pakistani city of Lahore are mesmerizing. His photos take what seems like small moments and make it so much more.”