By Shem Compion
While in the heart of Maasailand one morning, I saw this Maasai Mzee (Elder) some 100m away on a walk, and immediately knew I wanted to photograph him.
My Masai friend introduced us and the chatting started. First we talked about family, then cattle, and then he wanted to show me his cattle enclosure. He had a spirit for life that was very evident in his smirk and smile.
Eventually, I managed to get a few frames of him in front of his house. As he heard my clicking camera, his gaze went straight through my lens and into my eyes. I’m not sure who’s soul was ‘stolen’ in this moment, but I knew this was the shot.
He was very frail and looked about 100 years old. The next day I saw him striding near the village, some 8km away…