David Berg Murenzi has a passion for photography. However, he says taking good shots is not all he wants to be known for, but also, having the ability to tell stories through his photography.
The 21-year-old has crafted a name for himself as one of the most talented photographers in the country. He spoke to The New Times about this passion and his future plans.
Tell us about “From the Umbilical Cord”
This is the name I chose for my photo exhibition that started September 9 and will end on Friday 16. I chose to call it this because of the story I am telling through those photos.
When you have a look at every photo in the exhibition, you will see that the love between a mother and her child is being expressed in different ways.
Why that particular story?
My mother, the late Chantal M. Mukantagwabira, died when I was just five years old. I loved her so much; I can say I was a mother’s boy. Due to this brief time with my mother, I grew up with sadness but later learnt that photography made me feel better, by capturing such moments and relating with people who have gone through similar situations.
What is the main aim of this photo exhibition?
Telling a story through photography is the reason why I do camera work, therefore, I realised the best way I can share these stories with other people around the world is through staging photo exhibitions. I have already had one at Kabana Club and next time, it will be elsewhere but here in Kigali.
Another reason is that I want to create a culture among Rwandans to love photography and embrace the norm of buying great work. I dream of walking in most houses and finding a photo with my logo hanging in their living rooms.
Why did you choose photography?
I developed an interest in photography at an early age. Using my father’s camera, I got my first lessons in taking pictures at the age of 12 from him since he was a professional photographer.
So being exposed to a lot of digital equipment, my passion for photography flourished and I would take pictures and videos during family functions and events in my neighborhood, till now.
Tell us about your journey in this field?
It was a struggle venturing into the industry and earning a decent living. However, as one who believes that hard work pays, I did not give up and now; I can gladly say I’m one of the best photographers around.
There is a lot I have achieved in my career, including acquiring equipment necessary for the smooth running of my business. I have made a good name in the industry and above all, I am living my dream. I tell stories of my life, situations around me and I comfort people who have a sad past like me through photography.
What else do you do?
Apart from photography, I am a singer and songwriter. I have released a number of songs like Urare ahadyana, Umuhanuzi and Nfata ukuboko that have aired on most local radio stations. In May next year, my first album called Platinum and Mum will be released.