Give a Child a Camera | Update October 2019

Give a Child a Camera has been underway and going well in rural Uganda.

Presenting children from the MARPs organisation with a small fund from photo sales from last years exhibition was truly a great moment. Children & their families receiving roughly equivalent to 1.5 months rent of a house/room from their excellent photography.

As always I received a truly special welcome at Eden School – a place I first visited in 2014.

I’ve been working with some of the children creating interesting and emotive images and teaching them how to shoot using instant cameras, creating a unique piece of work that will be up for sale (funds going to the children/families) from Christmas onwards.
We have also been using more advanced equipment – digital SLRs in some cases, learning fully about framing, zooming and when to use flash… It’s been really rather terrific so far and the standard of one or two the children’s photography is incredible.

Thanks for the support as always.

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Wishing everyone a peaceful and healthy 2019

2018 has been another cracking year for my photography, projects and development.
I’ve crossed paths with so many inspirational people who have had great stories to tell and I feel privileged to have shot images through the UK, Europe & Africa and to have continued to develop my project Give a Child a Camera

One of the most moving moments of 2018 was meeting Musa, (pictured) in Southwest Uganda.
Babyowanba Musa, an orphan living above the town of Katuna. He lives in a small house with an elderly lady who took him in. She digs in the fields every day for around 3500 UGX (Ugandan Shillings),
“We are not sure of the lifespan of Musa” says Mukagatare Jeninah, “he has HIV and it is difficult to look after”
I felt incredibly moved by the passion of the elderly lady who took young Musa into her home – for no other reason than he was on his own, by the local NGO who supplies the ARV drugs to control the health of the those suffering with the horrendous virus and lastly by young Musa, who accompanied me on my walks around the community and taught me (despite my numerous visits to Africa) a lot about living in rural Africa.

The health of young Musa is being monitored and providing he continues to take ARV drugs he should have a relatively stable life ahead – I will be revisiting Musa in 2019.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and healthy 2019

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Young Ugandan Girl

The young girl came from nowhere. Sitting in the small house on the side of a steep hill, I turned to see her standing in the doorway, she had a small yellow flower and was twirling it around near her mouth…

I continued chatting to my host, enjoying the intimacy of my encounter, after a while, I ventured back outside the house, to find her stood against the wall. Without any prompting, she began twirling the bright yellow flower again and I knew I had to shoot a couple of frames.

“let me see” soon followed and then came the fits of laughter and smiles as the digital screen displayed her lovely face.

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