Return To Africa

Children in Rwanda jump for joy.

Children in Rwanda jump for joy.

Last year, I volunteered with The Humanity Exchange in Douala, Cameroon, where I had the opportunity to introduce photography to children at a youth center. The challenge of instructing in a foreign language notwithstanding (French), the children’s depictions of daily life, narrated through unique lens perspectives, inspired me to catalog my own adventures on camera.

A young orphan stares into my camera in Kenya.

A young orphan stares into my camera in Kenya.

The experience of recording my travel experiences through film exposed me to a new world of photography, and inspired me to donate my skill to those in need. Indeed, since my return from Cameroon, I have sought new opportunities to venture into and to further develop my artistic expression.

A sex trafficked 12 year old girl hides her face while posing for a portrait.

A sex trafficked 12 year old girl hides her face while posing for a portrait.

In 2016, I was blessed to return to the continent that had so deeply touched my heart. For two months, I stayed with host families and learned the stories of incredible people in Ghana, Senegal, Rwanda, Kenya, and Cameroon. By creating a partnership with Love Volunteers, I was able to build a photographic library of volunteers at work and project beneficiaries to help the organization with their marketing and volunteer recruitment efforts. The library complements individual stories from former volunteers to serve as a powerful marketing tool.

A young boy in Rwanda poses on a pile of dirt.

A young boy in Rwanda poses on a pile of dirt.

I was thrilled to be given this opportunity to realize my desire to foster my creativity. This could not be a more opportune time to challenge my artistic ingenuity by shooting in remote rural areas in Africa, where “shooting on location” takes on a whole new meaning. 

A single mother in Rwanda walks through a farm with her baby.

A single mother in Rwanda walks through a farm with her baby.

Bamenda, Cameroon

Bamenda, Cameroon

A grandmother makes dinner for her family outside Kumasi, Ghana.

A grandmother makes dinner for her family outside Kumasi, Ghana.

A young boy poses next to his front door in Nairobi, Kenya.

A young boy poses next to his front door in Nairobi, Kenya.

A teenager sits on his bed in Nairobi, Kenya.

A teenager sits on his bed in Nairobi, Kenya.