Passport to Creativity: Lidia Gulyas Gives Us an Up-close Look at Kenya’s Protected Wildlife

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What did you most want to communicate about the place and the experience?

Lidia: I wanted to communicate how Maasai Mara is a place where wildlife is setting the rules, not people. It’s a partnership—it’s not about tourists coming to look at animals on display, it’s about doing life together, living with these animals, making it work in a way that both community and wildlife can live quietly and undisturbed. It’s coexisting.

You were in a pretty remote place. How did the technology hold up to traveling and exploring in a rugged environment?

Lidia: Just before we arrived to Kicheche Bush Camp, a storm washed away some tents—the wifi one included. And man, it was good. It was awesome not having distractions but taking it all in, making the most of our days. We did have lots of gadgets and cameras that we had to hold onto tight during (extremely) bumpy roads, but it was a part of the adventure.

Will this experience impact your next creative project?

Lidia: This project has changed me. Humbled me. Challenged me. I’ve learned a lot about photography that helps me capture what I see and experience more truthfully, but I also feel like my creative boundaries have been pushed, my focus shifted from my work to the stories themselves.

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