We had been photographing in the floodwaters of the Omo River, there were many people and the Dasenchi people live. After we climbed up the embankment and were getting in the vehicle, I saw a column of fabric walking toward me. I didn’t see any part of a body but the feet.  I was very intrigued and even though I was being pushed into the vehicle I could not take my eyes off the moving figure. I managed to get my camera to my face and steady it as this beautiful face emerged from the fabric and these intense eyes met mine through the lens. 1/1250 second, F7.1, 500iso on a 100-400 Nikkor Z lens @400


Cyndy has been a photographer for most of her life. Her passion is photographing and working with people around the world. In 1995 she traveled to Kenya and was compelled to do more than photograph the desperate situations she found children surviving in. She has dedicated the past 28 years developing The Orbit Village Project in 3 locations around Kenya. The project helps orphaned and vulnerable children and families stay together and find stability through education, food support and emotional and spiritual welfare. The goal being to help families survive a broken generation with the focus on keeping siblings groups healthy and together.  

Still loving to photograph reality, she has been working on a collection of African portraits of people in their natural environments. Eye contact is very important to her when capturing an image of someone. That moment and connection is what drives Cyndy to share each individual’s strength and beauty. 

Spending time recently photographing tribes in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia was a great, and eye opening experience for Cyndy. 

She makes her home both in Sevierville, Tennessee where she was born and raised, and Nairobi, Kenya. You can see more of her work on her webpage: cyndybwaters.smugmug.com,  FB: cyndybwaters,  Instagram: @Cyndybwatersphotographer.You can learn about her project in Kenya at www.orbitvillage.org