Sama Kai (Kai for short) is a London based photographer, born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He migrated to the UK in 2003. Moving over to the UK from Sierra Leone after the civil war was seen as an important step to have good education and better opportunities.
Sierra LeoneWhat We Seee
"The civil war affected me in more ways than you can imagine. Settling in the UK wasn't an easy ride, I was dealing with PTSD from a war, but had to toughen up quickly because I sounded different compared to other kids. I also acted different because of cultural differences, which meant I was an easy prey. I had experiences with racism and colourist..."
The RhythmWhat We Seee
"...Time passed and my accent changed, and I made friends but memories remain."
Eyes of TruthWhat We Seee
Mabel & Aj TraceyWhat We Seee
"My photography journey began in 2018, when I started exploring the different locations in London I hadn't visited or given much attention to previously. To my surprise, there was so much beauty all around me so I started to take pictures, as I found it quite therapeutic."
Spray PaintWhat We Seee
"Photography for me is all about perspectives. I capture things from my angle, as I see them. I wanted to have that freedom and power to narrate a story through my lens. Towards the end of September 2018 I purchased my first camera, travelling around with it became a norm and I’d capture anything that caught my attention"
Dad&DaughterWhat We Seee
"The various events that took place in my life controls my vision on how I want to capture things. I want to present stories from a different angle, which could potentially change the narrative."
MarleyWhat We Seee
"Speaking about my background unveils why I photograph what I do and how I do it. That became really apparent during the BLM protests in 2020."
PassionWhat We Seee
HopeWhat We Seee
"As a black man, I feel obligated to present my people, our various causes, our history, culture, personality and more through my lens, and display it in the best and most beautiful way possible."
AthenaWhat We Seee
Michael JrWhat We Seee
"Building a legacy is the aim. My lens is the tool."
- Sama Kai