Humans of Africa: Tsikimamy (Madagascar)

Madagascar

“Madagascar is a magnificent island. I find it really sad that people call it a poor country – it’s a rich country. In Madagascar there are species that you won’t find anywhere else ”

Tsikimamy Onimbola, Human of Africa 

Tsikimany was more comfortable answering the questions in French so we’ve tried to provide you with an accurate translation of her answers below.

« J’ai grandi à Antananarive, Madagascar. Je suis partie de Madagascar en 2009. Mon adaptation était facile. J’ai été assez surprise parce que je pensais ça allait être difficile, mais je suis arrivée à Montréal en été et c’était une belle ambiance. »

I grew up in Antananarivo, Madagascar. I left Madagascar in 2009. My transition was smooth. I was very surprised because I thought it would be tough, but I arrived in Montreal in the summer and it was a nice vibe.

« Je suis fière d’être malgache. Bien qu’on ait été une colonie française on a quand même gardé la langue malgache. Je parle malgache, oui ! Et je parle aussi malgache à ma fille parce que je pense que c’est important. Par ailleurs les noms malgaches sont longs et pour moi c’est une fierté, cette particularité dans les noms. Les noms de famille en particulier sont longs et les lettres qui dominent sont les A.»

I’m proud of being Malagasy. Even though we were a French colony we’ve kept the Malagasy language.

Yes, I speak Malagasy! And I also speak it with my daughter because I think it’s important. Besides Malagasy names are very long and it’s a pride, this particularity in the names. Surnames in particular are long and dominated by A’s.

« Madagascar est une île magnifique. Je trouve triste qu’on dise que c’est un pays pauvre – c’est un pays riche. Il y a à Madagascar des espèces qu’on ne trouve pas ailleurs. D’autre part, les malgaches sont réputés pour être calmes, souriants et de très belle humeur ! »

Madagascar is a magnificent island. I find it really sad that people call it a poor country – it’s a rich country. In Madagascar there are species that you won’t find anywhere else. Furthermore, Malagasy people are renowned to be calm, smiling and always in a good mood!

« Ma passion pour la photographie a débuté lorsque j’ai acheté mon premier appareil photo. C’était un SONY compact. J’ai commencé à prendre des photos pour des amies, des photos de paysages. J’ai ensuite investi dans un appareil plus sophistiqué.

Lorsque ma fille est née je prenais des photos d’elle, et c’est devenu une révélation – je me suis dit qu’il fallait que je fasse quelque chose que j’aime. Le temps passe vite et c’est important de capturer et de garder les moments précieux. J’avais des contrats ici et là mais à partir de ce moment j’ai décidé d’en faire ma profession. Je fais des photos de familles, de mariages et j’ai aussi des projets artistiques. »

Jetez un coup d’œil sur son portefeuille en visitant www.tsikimamyphotographie.com 

My passion for photography began when I bought my first camera. It was a compact SONY. I started taking pictures for friends, pictures of landscapes. I then invested in a more sophisticated camera.

When my daughter was born I took pictures of her and it became a revelation – I told myself I had to do something that I love. Time flies and it’s important to capture and keep the most precious moments. I had contracts here and there but at that moment I decided to make a living out of it. I do family pictures, wedding pictures and I also have some artistic projects that I work on.

Check out her portfolio at www.tsikimamyphotographie.com

« Une question que les gens me posent souvent est de savoir si j’ai étudié en photographie. Pour moi c’est un art, ça demande de la créativité. C’est ton œil qui compte. Même s’il y a un côté technique ça ne nécessite pas de prendre des  cours. C’est un apprentissage continuel et j’observe l’évolution de mes photos avec le temps.»

A question people often ask me is whether I’ve studied photography. For me it’s an art, it requires creativity. It’s your eye that counts. Even though there is a technical aspect to it it’s not necessary to take classes. It’s an ongoing learning curve and I’ve observed the evolution of my photos with time.

 

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By | 2016-10-25T00:30:21+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Humans of Africa, Popular|Comments Off on Humans of Africa: Tsikimamy (Madagascar)

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