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Inside/Out with photographer Tsvangirai Mukwazhi
June 21, 2011

Full interview with Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi - Read and listen

Describe yourself in five words?
Bold, brave, courageous, fearless and focussed.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Someone once told me that if you want something in life you have to be aggressive in order to get it.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I was once dragged from the crowd during a ceremony and made to dance in front of close to 3000 people.

What is your most treasured possession?
My family and my cameras.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being confined to solitary confinement and denied the freedom of expression.

Do you have any strange hobbies?
I love shooting guinea fowls while on hunting expeditions.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I have put a bit of weight on my abdomen. I need to flatten it a little bit; I'm working on it.

What is your greatest extravagance?
I used to spend too much money on fast and luxurious cars, but not anymore.

What have you got in your fridge?
Yogurt, juice, milk; the rest my wife would know.

What is your greatest fear?
Not being able to do what I do best, which is take pictures, and being separated from my family.

What have you got in your pockets right now?
My cell phone and my wallet.

What is your favourite journey?
I sometimes imagine myself in a world where I don't have to worry so much about the future of my family, my health . . . where stress is non-existent.

Who are your heroes in real life?
I have a couple; I think my son is a hero. I see a lot of potential in him. I think everyone can be a hero; we have something in all of us that is lying dormant.

When and where were you happiest?
Just about every time I'm at home, I'm happy.

What's your biggest vice?
I have an appetite for sweet things . . . not good for my teeth!

What were you like at school?
I was a very shy person, a little reserved. I was very sporty, an all-rounder, athletics, rugby, swimming.

What are you doing next?
I have to go to my other job.

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