Thursday, December 6, 2012

humanitarian photographer in uganda

Well, I found it, the photo I eluded to four months ago of me walking the streets in Kampala surrounded by kids yelling, "Mzungu!" It warms my heart, not only because it brings me back to that trip and more specifically that day, but because these kids that just met me acted like we had been besties for life.

walking with kids

Maybe it is my stellar personality, but honestly, the camera has a way of drawing kids in. When they see their mug on the back screen, they laugh hysterically which makes me laugh. It's a connection, and we become instant friends.

looking at images

Somehow I find the patience for the constant crowding and bumps that want to interrupt my "perfect shot" because you see, it's not even about the perfect shot. It's about offering love and hope. It's about telling their story, but in order to tell it, you have to also put the camera down and listen with your heart. The shot below was taken while I captured the 3rd photo in this post. Sseguya was the mastermind behind that silliness.

taking photos

I loved that my time in Uganda was not only about capturing the stories but also about teaching and encouraging others to tell the stories. Below is a pow wow in Dino with fellow teammate, Joshua, on basic camera use. He was my unofficial assistant during the trip.

giving instruction

And finally the celebrity a.k.a. white woman (of which there were two on the team) shaking hands with the kids who weren't scared out of their mind at the sight of me. This is in Arut where I met my forever friend, Leah. She recently had a birthday of which she invited me to. I would have loved to make it to that one.

shaking hands

I am currently seeking opportunities for next year to go and tell the stories of hope through photography. It's my favorite kind of storytelling.

A huge thanks to Elsie for sending me these photos!


Linking up with The Anderson Crew for Embrace the Camera.

11 comments :

Elisa | blissfulE said...

Terrific photos of the photographer!! :) Love to see the action behind the scenes. :)

Bren said...

Amazing moments captured, hope you are able to line up another great photo opportunity. My younger sister found the same thing in her mission trips to Mexico, the kids flocked to her and her camera :-)

Danielle said...

What an amazing thing to do! Sounds like such a great time!

{amy} said...

You had a great assistant! He captured some wonderful pictures!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Wonderful photos!

Kerry @ Made For Real said...

Aw, how special!

Kerry @ Made For Real said...

Aw, how special!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

These moments. These images. Just priceless, Jen.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Once again I find this so unbelievably inspiring :)

rooth said...

I really enjoy looking at your pictures but it's also really nice to see the pictures of the lady behind the camera and how all the children swarm around you :)

Messy Mom said...

I love that first shot of you! It's true for all of us that we need patience for the crowds and bumps that interrupt the "perfect shot". To actually be in the moment and capture it at the same time is a fine line and a skill for sure.

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