This series of work highlights the wealth of experience I have gained through travelling to remote places, living in challenging situations and still delivering results that represent a sensitive recognition of ground realities. To document a community as an outsider requires a personality that allows you to create bonds of trust with the people. It also expects an ethical responsibility from the researcher/documenter to feature the people with dignity and grace.
Uganda – Primary Teacher Training College (Research)
A British Council commissioned research study on teacher training colleges in Uganda. This study examined levels of English amongst student primary school teachers in both rural and urban areas as well as the quality of input they were receiving at the colleges. The purpose of the photography commission was to document the research, giving it added validity, as well as to add depth and accessibility to the reporting of the findings to a wider audience. The research involved spending five days in the teacher training colleges, following the work of the researchers and developing content to illustrate the main subject areas of the research, such as classroom practice, and general conditions in the college.
Assosa, Ethiopia – Sherkole Refugee camp (Research)
A commission by a University College London student, conducting research on Communities of Practice (CoP) amongst teachers of refugees in Assosa, Eastern Ethiopia. The research took place in a camp where approximately 20,000 refugees have been living for on average 17 years. The refugees come from a diverse range of cultures including Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Eritrea. The teachers taking part in the research were all from the refugee population and have had very little formal input on teaching methodology. The CoP that the teachers had formed was proven to be the most important source of support for the teachers, it is how they gained new knowledge, developed their teaching skills and found solutions to problems. The photography commission aim was to sensitively document the research taking place and record a clear picture of the context of the refugee camp and the primary school.
Manav Foundation (Rehabilitation Center for the mentally ill), Mumbai, India
I think we’ll be able to benefit substantially from many of your ideas and learn different ways of optimising the potential of the cyber platform and all it offers, so thank you again, for making the time and for your interest in engaging actively with us.Binaifer Jessia, Director
MANAV Foundation runs a therapeutic facility for the rehabilitation of people living with mental illness. I work with the organisation regularly to document the work they do. Being sensitive to the cause, I take care to produce work that is dignifying, uplifting and most of all respectful to the people I photograph.
Ugandan Fashion Council, Kampala, Uganda
I was asked by the Ugandan Fashion Council to develop a project using local talent to produce content for the promotion of their upcoming Kampala Fashion Week in Uganda.
We worked with local designers, models that were refugees in Kampala and hailed from DRC and South Sudan and a support crew of budding Ugandan photographers. I shared behind the scenes lessons of planning and executing a fashion shoot without the use of expensive equipment. The shoot utilised locally available resources to create interesting lighting, sets and make-up options.