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On Assignment in Kenya with @balazsgardi

To see more photos and videos from photojournalist Balazs Gardi’s work in Kenya and elsewhere, follow @balazsgardi on Instagram.

Photojournalist Balazs Gardi (@balazsgardi) has spent the past decade documenting the effects of the unfolding global water crisis. Balazs’s work has taken him to more than 20 countries across Africa and the Middle East. Most recently, he finds himself in Kenya: “With the changing climate, the people of Kenya’s already arid Turkana region suffer greatly from the consequences of prolonged droughts,” he explains.

It was Balazs’s grandmother that sparked his interest in photography. “She had it in her head that photography was a good path for a young man with no patience for authority or office work,” he says. “She was right, and I discovered that photography was a way to learn about people, their situations and problems, and about the world.”

As he learns and shares the stories of people affected by the water crisis, Balazs says Instagram “has become a vital tool to share work that matters to me and allows me to put the image in context and deliver it directly to my audience.”

Balazs hopes his photos and videos will stir people to action. “By passing on my experiences, I’d like not only to inform but also to spark meaningful public dialog. As time goes on I hope my audience takes action that either directly helps people in great need or changes their own behavior for the better.”

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Spotlight: Kenya

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we highlight Instagrammers from countries and cities with thriving communities.

On the eastern coast of the African continent sits Kenya, a country of 44 million that straddles the Earth’s equator.

In addition to its diverse and picturesque scenery—from the 5,188m (17,021ft) tall peak of Mount Kenya to wildlife-rich savannas—Kenya is also home to a thriving Instagram community.

Experience life in Kenya through the lenses just a few of the many Instagrammers that live there:

  • Mutua Matheka, Kenyan photographer — @truthslinger
  • Eston Whitfield, Nairobi-based pilot — @eston
  • David Ndirangu, Kenya-based photographer and graphic designer — @davideandr3
  • Erik Hersman, Nairobi-based engineer — @white_african

For a closer look at Kenya, explore the country through some of its most popular destinations: