Reaching out with Photography (using the X-Pro 1) | Neill Soden

Ubuntu Help-Portrait

I had the pleasure of joining a group of great people in Swaziland as part of the Ubuntu Help-Portrait. I’ve been wanting to do this since I first heard about it a few years ago. It is a world-wide group where you as a photographer volunteer to go and take portraits of people in need, then the organisation get them printed and a few weeks later the photographers take them and hand them back to the people, all for free. You can read more about it here. The experience was amazing, with a family there accommodating us, organising the whole weekend from start to finish. I take my hat off to them for all the work, kindness and generosity. The place that hit me the most was the feeding centres. The kids get their meals there daily, often not having any other source of proper nutrition. A big percentage of these kids most likely also suffer from HIV/Aids and also could have lost their parents to this terrible disease. For these people, this portrait is just a small moment in their lives that someone actually wanted to capture them in that specific moment, remembering who they are, giving them a sense of self…..

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