The workshop began in Kogelo, Kenya, where Nancy was guided through shooting an assignment on deadline. The story focused on the village of President Barack Obama's family during his inauguration. I provided instruction and tips for Nancy on how to approach clients, which led to a newspaper in San Francisco being interested in the story. The focus for this segment of the workshop was on visual storytelling, producing stories for newspapers and other publications, working with professional editors, and transmitting images from remote locations via FTP clients, and more.
The workshop then moved to Kisumu, Kenya, where we documented local fishing villages, which have made a huge impact on the environment and region. The focus of this segment of the workshop was on photographic creativity, using light, framing, alternative camera angles and in-depth work each afternoon and evening on digital work-flow, editing and image post-production processing.
A short flight then took us to Nairobi, Kenya, where Nancy was pushed to go outside of her personal comfort zone and into the slums of Kibera and the city's garbage dump sites, where thousands of impoverished Kenyans scavenge for food and other items. The focus was on personal safety and working in difficult situations while still capturing the highest quality images and respecting those who live in these difficult situations.
The final segment of the workshop took place in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya. Nancy was coached in approaching and building relationships with aid organizations and built upon prior experiences with the International Rescue Committee. The final product was a feature story that will be printed and used online by the IRC for fund raising and awareness on the famine, which was just declared a national emergency by the Kenyan government.
It was a wonderful experience for both of us and I wish Nancy the best of luck in all of her future endeavors and look forward to seeing the growth of her brand new organization, PhotoPhilanthropy!
I never will forget sitting in the remote, dusty bar in Kenya, having just captured the inauguration celebrations for President Barack Obama in his family village. We edited for hours, so excited to see what we had captured from such a momentous event. It was one of the most extraordinary things I have ever done!"
The Kenyan Famine: