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Trent Keegan found dead in Nairobi

Just got a phone call from Kim Haughton – there’s reports that Lightstalker Trent Keegan has been found dead in Nairobi.

AFP: Photographer killed in Kenya

by Dave Walsh at 2008-05-28 15:13:25 UTC (ed. May 31 2008 ) Dublin , Ireland | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Oh no. I’ve spoken to him several time through LS. This is so sad. Not really sure what else to say. My thoughts go out to all his family and friends. so sad

by Brian C Frank | 28 May 2008 15:05 | Des Moines, ia, United States | | Report spam→
sad indeed, my condolences to all his family and friends.

by [former member] | 28 May 2008 16:05 | Lisbon, Portugal | | Report spam→
Shocking news. my condolences to the family and friends.

by Paulo Nunes dos Santos | 29 May 2008 08:05 | Koh Phangan, Thailand | | Report spam→
http://www.trentkeegan.com/

by Gayle Hegland | 29 May 2008 16:05 | Montana, United States | | Report spam→
This is really bad news.

Trent provided me with some very good information about a year ago. I never got the chance to thank him personally, single malts were discussed but that never happened.

Very sad.

Mark

by [former member] | 29 May 2008 16:05 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I am shocked and very sad to hear this news. We communicated only a few days ago but never got the chance to meet. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Jenny

by Jenny Lynn Walker | 30 May 2008 18:05 | Zanzibar, Tanzania | | Report spam→
Having grown up in Nairobi in the 70’s I am sad, so sad that this country that nurtured me as turned against a genuine human that came there with light in his heart. He has tried to show us the images that they, and I mean the establishment, do not want us to see and it is horrific that he has had to die for it. To a courageous and compassionate man I raise my glass, Peace
Pierre Alozie

by Pierre Alozie | 30 May 2008 19:05 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I read the article, but there was no information regarding the possible motives and other crucial details. I didn’t know Trent at all, but any time any truth seeker dies, it is a blow for all of us.

my condolences.

by David Lauer | 30 May 2008 20:05 | Chihuahua, Mexico | | Report spam→
I am posting this message for Linda Holman, a New Zealander who was a friend of Trent Keegan. She originally posted this “wee tribute to Trent Keegan” on the NZPhotographers list. It is reposted here with her permission.

I’m sure many of you have heard the news about the NZ photographer killed in Kenya – and some of you may be wondering who he was. Although very much a kiwi Trent never worked as a photographer in NZ so I thought I would write a few lines to give you a glimpse at the man behind the newsbites. All he ever wanted to be was a photographer
and it is important to me that his “colleagues” back home know a little bit about him as a person.

Trent was raised in Taranaki – he loved his family, friends and home very much but felt the pull of a very big world and left NZ in the 90’s to go travelling. I met him in Edinburgh in an overcrowded (but great fun) flat full of backpackers and we became firm friends, sharing a love of clubbing and photography. Trent was working as a
carpenter at the time and desperately wanted to become a photographer but felt it was out of reach for him. It was obvious to everyone who knew him that photography was his calling… going travelling with Trent became an exercise in patience… each time we stopped for photos I was out of the car, had taken my shot and was back in the car
again before Trent had found just the perfect angle for his picture. The difference in our photographs of the same subjects was obvious…mine were snaps and his were artworks.

He moved to Ireland and started to make his dream happen. He trained as a wedding and portrait photographer in Galway and learned his profession well – his photographs of my wedding are beautiful and will be treasured forever. But he had his head and heart set on being a photojournalist working in the developing world. One of his last emails to me spoke of his difficulties in finding paid work in Kenya and his bad timing in arriving in the wet season but how he felt it was important for him to place himself in challenging situations so he could life the life he wanted – one of adventure, challenge and meaning.

This may make him sound like some hard-arsed blokey type or a risk-taker and he was neither of these things. He was one of the warmest people I’ve ever known and his laugh was loud, frequent and unique…and is echoing in my head now, making me smile. Trent looked after his friends, was concerned for our welfare and wanted us all to be happy
and loved. He got on with everyone he met – he was genuinely interested in people and gave you his full attention when he spoke with you. He was tall and blonde and would lift you up in the air when he hugged you (girls) or give you one of the worlds strongest handshakes (boys). He was great to dance with, drink with, travel
with, laugh with, tell stories of love and heartbreak to and curl up with after a long night clubbing. He was one of the easiest men to talk to that I’ve ever met – we could natter for yonks about everything important and nothing in particular.

It is hard not to think of the tragedy of his death but I’m trying really hard to focus instead on who he was or on his images. I would love it if some of you looked at his work on his website (www.trentkeegan.com) and appreciated the talent and determination of this special person who truly lived his dream and who had such a great capacity for love and compassion for everyone he met. He is more than a news story, he is a wonderful man who has left a very large hole in my life and in the lives of many people all over the world.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Cheers,

Linda

by PJ Heller | 31 May 2008 16:05 | Santa Barbara, CA, United States | | Report spam→

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Participants

Dave Walsh, Writer, photographer Dave Walsh
Writer, photographer
(Energy and Environment)
Wexford , Ireland
Brian C Frank, Photographer Brian C Frank
Photographer
Des Moines, Iowa , United States
Paulo Nunes dos Santos, Journalist & Photographer Paulo Nunes dos Santos
Journalist & Photographer
Donetsk , Ukraine
Gayle Hegland, Editorial Artist Gayle Hegland
Editorial Artist
(IPA)
Montana , United States
Jenny Lynn Walker, Homo Sapien Jenny Lynn Walker
Homo Sapien
London , United Kingdom
Pierre Alozie, photojournalist Pierre Alozie
photojournalist
London , United Kingdom
David Lauer, photographer, translator David Lauer
photographer, translator
Chihuahua , Mexico
PJ Heller, Freelance Photojournalist PJ Heller
Freelance Photojournalist
(Freelance Photojournalist)
Southern California , United States ( SBA )


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