Evas | Uganda | A Portrait

Whilst i’m running my project #giveachildacamera in East Africa, I always strive to understand the people i’m working with, their life, their community and generally what makes them tick as individuals.
 
I met Evas through her daughter, who was part of Give a Child a Camera in 2018.
She is 43 & lives close to the Rwandan border in a small room with her 5 children, she contracted HIV from her husband who died several years ago. She has several small jobs, including working on the street – all to support her family.
 
As many of you know, 2018 saw me work with an amazing group of young children in Uganda. Many of them come from tough backgrounds and tend to be very streetwise, especially living on the border. Many of them are HIV positive, a disease they contracted from their mother. However, thanks to the amazing work of organisations such as Katuna Marps (funded in part by US AID) their health is monitored and the outlook is relatively bright.
 
#uganda #portrait #africa #documentary #Eastafrica #HIV

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

#uganda #africa #giveachildcamera #photography #newyear

Enjoy a coffee & immerse yourself in Africa in Norwich

The feedback for the latest installment of Give a Child a Camera continues to be extremely positive.

I’m sure one or two of my students could have promising photographic careers, Thanks to those of you who were able to attend the supporters evening on the 4th November – it was lovely to chat and explain some of the work and I’m really pleased it seems to have gone down well.

The exhibition is on until the 1st December, plenty of time to pop into the lovely Playhouse, view the work, read the stories behind the images and have a coffee – unwind, relax and immerse yourself in Africa.

 

Give a Child a Camera| Norwich Exhibition

Really pleased to announce Give a Child a Camera 2018 exhibition is open… I Finished installing the work last night at the wonderful Norwich Playhouse.
 
The exhibition features the work of 7-15 year old students who were part of #Giveachildacamera 2018 and a collection of my own images from a documentary meeting & understanding those with HIV in Southwest Uganda.
 
An exhibition guide is available at various points throughout the building, with in depth captions and further information on the project. Please feel free to take one home/share on social media.
 
The images are exhibited in three rooms, the bar, playroom and upper corridor/gallery.
The exhibition runs from the 30th October – 1st December 10am- late
 
#Norwich #uganda #norfolk #teaching #photography #exhibition #africa

Give a Child a Camera | Norwich Exhibition

Really excited to announce the next Give a Child a Camera exhibition is being shown at the wonderful Playhouse in Norwich this autumn.

Visit the Playhouse between the 30th October to 1st December and witness first hand a selection of wonderfully emotive images that the children, taking part in the project in Southwest Uganda shot during the month-long workshops this year.

A chance to gain a true insight into the lives of children living in a border town in East Africa, as they use photography to document their lives.

#Norwich #Playhouse #Exhibition #Photography #Nikonuk #Norfolk

#children #uganda #africa #giveachildacamera #workshop #vso

#charity #empowerment

Give a Child a Camera | Website Update

Give a Child a Camera | Ugandan children documenting their lives through photography

Project website has been updated… please share/like if at all possible. The project only functions with the kind support from people like you!

V4 – East Africa – Possibly Kenya (discussions underway!)

 https://giveachildacamera.wordpress.com/2018-project-v3/

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Give a Child a Camera Edinburgh exhibition is up!

Give a Child a Camera Edinburgh exhibition is up! Huge thanks to Wex Photo Video and in particular Emma and the marketing team for showing such passion for the project and for assisting & providing a great store venue. A special mention also to store manager Francesco, who equally demonstrated so much love & passion for the children’s incredible work.
It feels wonderful to be able to display work from the children in Southwest Uganda in the Scottish capital – I know for a fact they can’t believe their images are on display for the world to see.
The mini exhibition is up until the end of June, so please, if you’re in the area do pop in and enjoy the work of 15 children.
Plans for #giveachildacamera 2019 are well underway…..

Give A Child A  Camera Exhibition | Edinburgh

Give A Child A  Camera Exhibition | Edinburgh

This exhibition illustrates the latest work of the students in Southwest Uganda who were part of Give a Child a Camera V3 in 2018. Working with a group of children whose mothers are largely sex workers on the Ugandan/Rwanda border, this new project has without doubt been one of the most moving to date. This insightful, vibrant and truthful collection of images documents the children’s lives using their own photographs. See around 15 beautiful images that the children in this part of Uganda have shot using 35mm film cameras over a 3 week program working with Julian Claxton

Give a Child a Camera Update

Give a Child a Camera 2018 has certainly been an emotional rollercoaster thus far.
Working with the inspirational children at the Uganda/Rwanda border has provided challenges, tears, smiles and some great imagery.

It’s always difficult meeting a group of kids for the first time, especially when they have come from such hard backgrounds.
A few of the children are HIV positive and many of them have mothers that are sex workers around the border town.

We started off with a couple of days of light workshops, talking about cameras, how to hold, use and the basic function, moving onto basic composition methods.

A day out to a waterfall and visitors centre was organised (the children had never left the town area) for some creative, blurred and fun imagery..accompanied by lunch and soda.

A rest couple of days followed, but a photo walk around the border was on The cards for one afternoon. Providing an insight into their lives on the border.

I’m eagerly awaiting the films to come back from Kampala this week ready for an editing session with the kids on friday…

Here are few special images from the last week
#giveachildacamera #Uganda