hello there! my name is

ORIN SILIYA

Exploring  photography is the most instrumental part of my journey. I grew up in the city of Blantyre, Malawi, C. Africa, moved to New York when I was 17 to get my degree in Desktop Publishing. I’ve always embraced my artistic side since I was young inspired by my dad who was a graphic artist and had owned a company in graphic advertising industry in the continent of Africa, in a country known as the warm heart of africa Malawi.

From the moment I first picked up a camera, I was hooked and that’s where my story begins. I truly believe that the relationship between subject and photographer is what makes great images.

My spiritual mentor Dr.Charles Ndifon founder and chairman of Christ Love Ministries International aspired my life and gave me three principles to know and understand, that is:-

  • Season (Availability)
  • Time (See you on the other side of my lens)
  • Purpose (This is the reason why I exist)

I know for certain that I was placed on this Earth to be a creative. So every moment that I have will be spent with me attempting to squeeze out every last ounce of talent that has been placed inside of me.
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I’m so blessed to be surrounded by greatness, friends and mentors in photography such as Mark Blackshear whose works have been published in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including The International Review of African American Art, Russell Simmons’ One World Magazine, NRG Magazine, ARTnews, Vibe, The New York Daily News, New York Amsterdam News, Minority Business News USA, and Our Time Press. 

In September of 2013, I went to Chase Farm Park in Lincoln Rhode Island during an authentic re-enactment of a Civil War battle and camp life. While there, I met gentleman who happen to be a great professional photographer shooting the event, Seeing that this was my first time shooting a Civil War Reenactment, honestly I didn’t know what to shoot for. So I introduced my self to this gentleman, and he kindly walked me through and shared some thoughts with great tips that helped me during my shoot for the event.

Since then, we became good friends, and we have shot different events together and has helped me a lot in becoming a better photographer. So as for me I would state that, no more operating windows 98 in my world of photography, I’ve been upgraded by my mentor and a friend, I introduce you to Mr. Richard Reynolds. I am thankful for what I have learned from him, please do check his work by clicking on his name.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nd my last words of encouragement to anyone that has dreams to achieve your goal is to believe in your self, your have the power based on the knowledge you believe by applied by a leap of faith and that is your action, so take that leap of faith and jump.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
– Nelson Mandela

Lesson: Nothing is ever impossible, even if it often feels that way. If you give up too soon, you’ll never know if you could have actually achieved your dream.

I look forward to seeing you on the other side of my lens.