One month in Africa

Hi Folks,
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.

3 thoughts on “One month in Africa

  1. theviewfrommybalcony September 27, 2011 — 4:23 am

    Hey Bernard, have a great time, be safe and can’t wait to see your fab photographs when you get back. BTW, that looks like a lot of equipment to be milling about with – hope you’ve been working out in the gym to carry that all around 😉

  2. Je te souhaite plein de belles découvertes, des paysages, des personnes et des lumières extraordinaires. Je suis sûre que cette expérience sera une confirmation supplémentaire que tu as pris le bon chemin! Sois prudent -pas de maladresses 😉 – et ramènes-nous de splendides clichés.
    Good luck Bernard!

  3. Muratori Achille. October 12, 2011 — 10:27 am

    Bonjour Bernard,

    Que de joie de découvrir, avec Dolorès, ton site formidablement bien documenté.
    Tes photos sont splendides et nous avons été soufflé par ta technique photographique.
    Nous faisons beaucoup de photos en vacances ( 1240 dernièrement en Sicile avec un Canon 1000D) et nous comprenons très bien ce qu’est la beauté d’une photo.

    Nous te souhaitons que tu réalises ton rêve au plus vite pour que tu profites un maximum de ton art.
    Bonne continuation et surtout prend bien soin de toi.
    Gros bisous.
    Dolorès et Achille.

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