Thursday, August 30, 2012

photographing the mature

I mentioned last week that I love photographing kids, and I do. However, I realized on my trip to Uganda that I also love photographing the mature generation. There's so much wisdom that can be found in those lines that come with age. These are some of my favorite shots I captured.

I met this lady in Kampala. She was sitting there by herself, so I walked up and asked if I could take her photo. She laughed and nodded yes. As soon as I got the camera in position, her laugh turned to serious.

serious 

I asked her if we could do it one more time with a smile. I love how her eyes light up!

smiling

This lady was the very first patient in Dino. She was seriously a hoot. I snapped some photos of her waiting in line. Not only did she smile but she posed and laughed hysterically after I snapped. I loved her joy. This is her after she saw the doctor and was waiting in the pharmacy for her meds.

first dino patient 

By the second and last day in Dino, I looked around at the end of the day and wondered how in the world the doctors would see all patients before the sun set. The line still seemed long. This lady was patiently resting her head against her cane as she waited to be seen.

resting her head 

This gogo was also waiting patiently. I love how stately and beautiful she looks as the sun sets behind her.

beautiful gogo


I went to Uganda to capture the stories through photography of what God is doing there through Adonai Partners.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

pumping water

pumping water

This lady thought it was hilarious that I was taking a photo of her pumping water. What was just a daily chore to her was a foreign concept to me. Water is such a precious commodity that is so easily taken for granted. I can’t imagine having to pump it daily and then carry it home on my head. Can you?

filling jerry cans

water on the head

Linking up with Communal Global for Sneak Peeks Around The World.


I went to Uganda to capture the stories through photography of what God is doing there through Adonai Partners.

Monday, August 27, 2012

the power of a photograph


Even though kids are generally easier to capture naturally with the camera, a few adults obliged and let me take their photo. Although, some got cheeky with me and told me they would only do it if I could get them to the front of the line. I couldn’t do that and even if I could, it would have created a mob. I had my own request and that was that they had to actually smile for the camera. It was amazing how many laughed hysterically when they saw their smiling face on the back of my camera. It’s another reminder of the power of a photograph.

so beautiful

on her head

mama and baby

in agony

I went to Uganda to capture the stories through photography of what God is doing there through Adonai Partners.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

poor kids

poor kid

scared of the mzungu

This is generally what happened when mamas in Northern Uganda shoved their kids in my face to meet the white person, and the child got scared out of their mind like they had just seen a ghost. I told this lady no, but she insisted. I snapped the photo for her sake and then quickly walked away for the child’s sake. So funny and so sad at the same time. I’m really not all that scary.

I went to Uganda to capture the stories through photography of what God is doing there through Adonai Partners.

Friday, August 24, 2012

favorite snaps of dino

in the sunlight

This week I was able to devote a lot of time to editing photos from my Uganda trip. I can’t believe it’s been over 3 weeks since I returned from there. It feels like so much has happened since then (which is a blog post for another time).

illumine

from the doorway

I think I’ve eluded to how surreal my time in Northern Uganda was. Although I’ve lived in Africa and traveled some within the continent, I had never experienced anything quite like my time in the Gulu district in the North. We spent the first two days in Dino, about a 2 1/2 hour drive down a dirt road from Gulu town. It was amazingly green and beautiful there.

in the corn fields

There were medical and dental clinics and ministry to the children all going on at the same time. Sometimes it felt like mad chaos but I know lives were touched. I wandered around during all of it taking photos and talking to people, finding out their story. 

ready for dinner

something is hilarious

I’m usually drawn to the children because they tend to be so natural in front of the camera, so it’s no surprise that most of my favorite photos from Dino are of the kids. I loved that, after spending all day loving on the kids, the children’s team served them a hearty meal, thanks to the ladies who worked all day preparing it.

reaching for food

looking at me

It looks like I’ll be spending at least the next week posting more photos from Dino. There’s just so many that tell the story of what we did there. I hope you’ll follow along!

StudioJRU 

Linking up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for Sneak Peak Friday.

I went to Uganda to capture the stories through photography of what God is doing there through Adonai Partners.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

birthday scenes

I had such a lovely birthday. When Jeremy asked me where I wanted to go for lunch, the only thing that sounded good was a scenic drive to Graskop and lunch at Harrie's Pancakes. It was so relaxing and fun. The banana caramel pancakes at Harrie's are the best. Double yum. Of course we had to stop by the chocolate shop afterwards for some espresso dark chocolate. It was my birthday, after all. We also bought some kudu chunks at the biltong shop. Maybe to balance out all the sweets? 

scenic drive

harrie's

banana caramel pancake

so sour

so posh

buying biltong

awesome bday gift

Isn't this birthday gift amazing? Anneke, my sister-in-law is so amazingly talented. Not only is this beautiful but she wrote a poem about my dreams around home. I wanted to cry from joy when she gave it to me. I love how she incorporated the photo I took of the kids in the bluebonnets and our family photo by Alisha. It's a birthday gift I will forever treasure.

Thanks for the birthday wishes the other day! I appreciate the love!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

on birthdays

Well, today is my birthday. My 35th birthday, to be exact. The temps have warmed up here in S. Africa, so it really does feel like it should be my birthday and not just another Winter day. Is it normal as you get older that birthdays start to feel a bit anti-climatic? Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love birthdays and celebrating life, not to mention being celebrated. It’s just funny how you go from counting down the days to it sneaking up on you, and when people ask how old you are, you have to think of the year you were born and what year it currently is and do the math. All I know is that I still feel 25, not that 35 is old or anything.

holding hands
photo by alisha

When I was in Uganda and I shared about living in S. Africa, some people thought I meant that I lived with my parents. They were shocked to hear I had a 10 and 7 year old. And to that I say, “Thank you!” Here’s to many more years of people thinking I’m too young to have kids!

Monday, August 20, 2012

breakdown in the african bush

All elements of this story are real with no embellishment or fabrication. Seriously.

Let me paint the scene for you. The second day of clinics in Dino I was already emotionally exhausted. I started out the morning feeling like I could cry at the drop of a hat. By the end of the day, all I wanted was a hot shower and a Skype call with my husband. I wasn't usually the first one on the bus at the end of the day, but that day, I secured my seat well in advance. I didn't even mind the gentleman that brought a chicken on board for the 2 1/2 journey back to the hotel. After all, they were cheaper in the villages than in town. As long as that chicken stayed in his lap, I was good.

cow eating grass

Shortly after starting for "home," the sun set, leaving a darkness that was beyond dark. No street lights illumine the African bush. It's just dark. Maybe I should have taken advantage of our side of the road stop where the lights of a few shops dotted the darkness, but I thought, "No, I'd rather wait for a proper toilet." Who wouldn't?

kids in the bush

Little did I know the events that would unfold 20 minutes later. A flat tire. In the dark with absolutely no light around. Usually our caravan into the bush consisted of three vehicles, but for some reason, the other two went on ahead. So there we were in a large bus with a very flat tire. You would think things couldn't have gotten any worse. Upon everyone leaving the vehicle, a cold drizzle began to fall. All I could was laugh. Like out loud and with some of the other ladies. As if breaking down in the African bush with a chicken on board wasn't enough, it had to start raining as soon as we got outside.

the african bush

The rain, the laughing, the thought of how long it would take us to get a tire and back to the hotel, it was all too much, and I had to go on the side of the road with two ladies trying to block the view. I tell you. God has a sense of humor and despite the heaviness I felt that day, our breakdown in the African bush left me a whole lot lighter.

We finally made it back with the other team members welcoming us and expressing their sympathy at our misfortune. We ate dinner at 1 am, and I drifted off to sleep smiling at God's sense of humor.

I didn't get any photos of this particular experience, but can you just imagine these photos of the bush in the dark??

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

beautiful kevin

I'm not sure if that's the correct spelling of her name right, but I do know that Kevin is a beautiful girl with a beautiful smile when it shines through. She lives at Uganda Jesus Village, an orphanage in Kampala that has taken in maybe about 50-60 orphans from Northern Uganda.

beautiful kevin 

She is the baby of the "family" and the only one who is fighting a battle with HIV/AIDS. I don't know her story of how she came to UJV, but I pray that her future is surrounded by hope. I saw such a sadness in her eyes, and it broke my heart. I see it here in S. Africa, too...children who have to experience and deal with so much more than they should at such a young age. It's such a different reality and I wish I could change the past for them.

sweet smile 

Even though it was brief, I grabbed my assistant after church and we did a photo shoot of Kevin. It took some work, but we got that beautiful smile to come out. Isn't she stunning in her blue dress?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

weekend happenings

My posting has not been consistent lately due largely to the fact that I'm trying to adjust to internet here in S. Africa. You don't realize how nice fast, uncapped internet is until you have to pay per megabyte. In the states, I never wonder how many megabytes it takes to upload a photo. Here I am much more conscious of it.

It does have its advantages, though, like less time online. This past weekend, I put surfing the web aside and instead enjoyed...

watching the girls "paint" themselves with the juice they made from the mulberries they picked up off the ground.

mulberry painting

crushing berries

seeing Joshua play with toys he hasn't seen for 2 1/2 years.

playing

pulling not one but two front teeth from Emma G's mouth!

two front teeth

as all the signs of a fire drew near, watching helicopters scoop water from the dam and pour it over the flames.

Helicopter

This weekend was the first time I picked up my camera since Uganda. It was nice to have a break, but now I have to get in gear to capture lots of snaps of the cousins together before they leave in two weeks!

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