My name is Musyani Sichalwe. I’m a Zambian, but I live in Australia. I was born in Lusaka, Zambia on March 7, 1975. I love my birthday, I love that it falls on my favorite number, seven. Maybe it’s because seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). It derives much of its meaning from being tied directly to God’s creation of all things. And this I love very much.
Photography is my calling, my profession, and the thing that will undoubtedly drive me insane someday. I don’t photograph subjects. I photograph the way they make me feel. Admittedly, it’s a bit of a strange concept. But it’s honest – and it’s the best way to describe my approach to the craft. I wrestle with every image I shoot. I assume perfection is possible and I want to wring it out of every picture. If that’s all you ever know about me, it’s enough to say you know me very, very well.
My father had two or three cameras, but I seem to have missed out on the baby pictures coz I have none and my sisters have a lot. But that never bothered me and it’s probably why I like being in behind the camera rather than in front. My father always took picture on his trips: he had one camera loaded with slide film and the other with negative film. When he would return home, he projected beautiful slide shows for friends and family on the Kodak projector. The slides were rarely boring, even for an eleven-year-old, and it must be because he was a good editor. He was also a meticulous recorder, of course he was a broadcaster journalist. I inherited some of this meticulousness.
The moment I first picked up a camera and held it in my hand, I knew what I was meant to do for the rest of my life. Nothing made sense until I took my first picture. My first camera was a Nikon SLR. It was weather beaten but t still took great photographs. While in Film school I lent it to a classmate who I suspect drooped it. Hasn’t worked since. I didn’t have a camera for some time until I went to Germany in 2006. I bought a Pentax Digital Camera, which I later drooped and broke the screen.
By 2010 I was living in Ghana, had been since 1999. I rarely took trips but I loved going to the beach and watch the sunset. I was working for a local TV station at the time doing camerawork and editing. I am married to the world’s best wife and even after four years, it still feels like we’re on our honeymoon.
I looked up the meaning of epiphany and it means to show or make known. Which is what a great photograph does. I try to do this every time I take photographs. My work has been described as Offbeat Stunning Intriguing Meaningful wondrous Life Changing. I love sharing my passion with people and hearing how much people LOVE what I do!