I’m sitting at Dubai airport on my way to Tanzania for a week. Our company supports a number of charitable causes in both Australia and Africa and I’m on my way to The School of St Judes in Arusha to produce a fund raising video and some photographs for them.
It’s great to be able to use photography in this way, helping a school for the underprivileged raise money. It’s an amazing story. This school was started by an Australian lady, and she has built it up to over 1500 students and is providing them with world-class education. Each year thousands of kids try to go to this school, but to qualify, you must
- Be from an incredibly poor family (ie. no electricity or running water in your house)
- Have the academic potential to succeed.
I’m going to be spending quite a bit of time out in the poor villages interviewing and photographing the parents and siblings of the kids that have been accepted to St. Judes.
I’m taking a very lightweight strobist setup
- 2 X SB900 speedlights
- 1 umbrella adapter
- 1 28″ Apollo softbox (I love the control, speed of setup and simplicity of this modifier)
- 1 Monopod
- Set of triggers
- Grid, snoot, and coloured gels
And my 14 year old son Tim as my camera assistant / lighting grip.
Hopefully I’ll get some interesting environmental portraits that I’ll post to this blog from Tanzania.
More to come