The Playground Exhibition
When I first came to Angola, in 2010, still photography was relatively new to me and it took me a while to realize that the camera was, in fact, serving as a shield – guarding me from first hand contact with what seemed to be terrible poverty and unsanitary conditions.
Later on, through the photos I have taken and the relationships that followed, I began seeing the glory of Africa’s people, their rich culture and pure joy of life, so different from the western notions and prejudice.
The journey with the camera has taught me how to look at things from a different angle, a non-judgmental point of view, and enabled me to deepen relationships that would not have even been formed if it wasn't for the camera - protecting those in front of the lens and myself, behind it.
With these images, through a unique and authentic emotional journey, I hope to deliver a better understanding of what it is like to be a child in Africa.