I’m heading back to Nepal…

As I prepare for my upcoming assignment in Nepal, I am excited to think about the people I will get to meet and the stories they will share. My experiences in Nepal have been full of wonderful people and beautiful sights. The colours, textures, and contrasts astound me. Having the opportunity to get out of…

Just the way it always was.

One of the fascinating aspects of living in Ukraine is the coming together of old and new. While there is lots of development in the cities, increased standards of living, an ease of travel and opportunities there is also flashbacks to a less developed past. Once you leave the larger cities and get into the…

Making bricks to building a life

Watching the process of brick making is fascinating. In the DRC, I have had several opportunities to photograph different brick making ventures, and every time I have been impressed by the process. It’s hard work turning clay and straw into a useable, sellable commodity. These men are proud to show the quality of their bricks…

Protecting the Governor of Bukavu

While working with @kitoko_oyo & @focuscongo, I had the opportunity to photograph a community event in Bukavu where the Governor of Bukavu and President of Civil Society in Kivu got together to clean the garbage in the streets. This image captured the challenge of getting things done in the DRC. With a good initiative like…

Morning routine in Ukraine

I walk past this church each morning after dropping the kids at school. It’s a serene scene, especially beautiful in the crisp fall air with the soft morning light on it. My 15 minutes morning walk home is always a nice way to start my day, giving me time to think and peacefully begin and…

Live performance in the Democratic republic of Congo!

Thomas is one of our Kitoko Oyo Ambassadors and we are excited to get to share more about him, his work in Congo and hope for the future. This guy truly is amazing as he dedicates his time and energy to training many young people in Congo to share their own stories through music and…

Behind the Scenes of Kitoko Oyo!

I love the @kitoko_oyo team! 🇨🇩🇨🇩 It takes a lot of work, by a lot of talented people to accomplish a project like Kitoko Oyo. Here you see young Ombeni, our actor for a scene we needed to record, with the crew behind him. Camera operators, director, assistants, drivers, photographers, and the ever present curious…

Music for Change in the Congo

Music is a tool that is being used in the DR Congo not only for for expression and creative output, but also for restoration and reconciliation. As young people are given a voice and the opportunity to express themselves through their music, a movement of communication is opened. Listening to these young musicians share their…

International Day of Children’s Rights

Thirty years ago, world leaders made an historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – an international agreement on childhood. It’s become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives around the world. But still not every child gets…

Become an official partner of Kitoko Oyo!

As you know, I have spent the best part of the last year working with Pappy Orion on an amazing project in the DR Congo. Kitoko Oyo is project sharing beauty and hope from a country that the world has forgotten and only ever seems to get a mention in a negative context. So far…