So this is it… the day I’ve been working on for so long has finally arrived. My bags are packed, my photo gear is ready, my contacts in Kenya and South Sudan are expecting me and my plane to Nairobi is leaving tomorrow from London.
Indeed, I am going on a one month trip to Africa to enrich my portfolio and work with various Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) while I’m there.
Needless to say, my schedule is going to be tough. I am planning to document a family’s life in Kibera (Nairobi’s slum and Africa’s second biggest), then go to South Sudan for a first assignment with an NGO for ten days in the North East of the country to document their work in helping refugees, I will also try to work with a local NGO in Juba (South Sudan’s capital) to highlight the plight of young girls in Juba’s brothels and finally I am going on another assignment with an NGO in the north west of South Sudan for a few days. I then head back to Nairobi for a few more days in the slums before flying back to London.
For those interested in photography, I will have 2 pro cameras (Nikon D3S and D700 which I’m taking the picture with) and 4 pro Nikon lenses (24-70mm F2.8, 35mm F1.4, 85mm F1.4 and 24-70mm 2.8mm). I will also take my Nikon 50mm F1.8 as it’s a fun little lens that can easily fit in a pocket if need be. My amazing Gitzo tripod with it’s gorgeous ball head will keep them stable whenever required. Lighting wise, I will be on minimal mode as I will have only one Nikon SB900, some Lastolite reflectors, an umbrella with stand and some small adaptors to put on the flash. Regarding IT, I have my Macbook Pro with multiple 1TB hard drives for storage and 100 GB of memory cards.
Bag wise I have the ThinkTank belt system that did wonders in India in minimizing the effort of carrying my gear on a daily basis as well as the Think Tank Airport ultralight for carrying the gear between locations.
I hope to provide regular updates during my trip however due to poor internet connectivity in the areas it might be challenging. Nevertheless watch this space and wish me luck.