People, Gorillas and a Gold Mine – Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda – Early 2016
Monday, May 30th, 2016
- By Patrick
The start of 2016 took me on four assignments in East Africa.
The first two were for my regular client, Ace Africa.
I started in the historical homeland of Ace Africa in Bungoma District in the far west of Kenya above Lake Victoria very close to the Ugandan border.
The journey took me almost all the way down the Eastern shore of Lake Victoria by road, ferry and on foot. An odyssey unlikely to be taken on any tourist route. The people who live here are subsistence farmers and fishermen and Ace provides a lifeline to many where poverty and disease are frequent companions to most. Click here to see the pictures and read the post.
The next stage of the Ace Africa shoot took me to Northern Tanzania where I visited Ace projects and communities in the areas surrounding both Moshi and Arusha. Two legendary mountains, Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, loom tall over the region and people eek out a living on the lower slopes and plains below them. Click here to see more
Next the subject matter changed from human to animal as I travelled west to Rwanda. The journey took me to the Virunga Mountains a chain of dramatic volcanoes spanning the border regions between Rwanda, Uganda and Congo – home to the world’s largest groups of Mountain Gorillas. As a portraitist the work is surprisingly similar. Waiting for an expression in the eyes or a pose that captures a unique personality. Click here to see the pictures and read the story.
The final leg took me back to Kenya and not far from the shores of Lake Victoria to a gold mine in Migori. These deep pit mines are worked manually and vast amounts of ore are processed to glean seemingly minute amounts of gold. Excitingly this is about to be given the status of the first Fair Trade gold mine in Kenya. Click here to go straight to the pictures and story.