I’ve stumbled upon your site a number of times over the last few years but noticed today for the first time the “Daily Inspiration” section. I’m a self-taught photographer and always looking for feedback, so I figured I’d send a few shots your way.
Of the three attached, two are from a project in Kasensero, Uganda and the other is from a project in Paraiso, Dominican Republic, and all are taken with an M8 and a 35 Summicron (picked the pair up last summer before a series of international projects and have worked primarily with them since). A bit about each, then:
(2_pool_L1003198): Kasensero is a fishing landing site in southwestern Uganda, famous for being the site of the first AIDs diagnosis in Africa. I was there to tell the story of the vicious cycle of HIV in town (infection rate of 40-60%) as fishing brings fast cash to young men (who are mostly temporary residents) who buy prostitutes. So, I was looking for a shot that could really summarize the seedy and dangerous feel of the town. In this case, the guys playing pool are all upstanding citizens (the belly on the right is the elected Town Chairman Kayamba John), but Freddy’s look (the boy in the middle) struck the accusatory note that I was looking for.
(Uganda_AIDS_14): Drug use and alcohol abuse are common in Kasensero and so I was on the lookout for a shot to illustrate that. I happened upon this boat pilot smoking dope and he was happy to mug for the camera.
(11_basketball_): This is from a rather happier story about the laid-back town of Paraiso (“Paradise”) in the Dominican Republic. Most nights of the week, men and boys play pickup games in the park where the lights stay on even when power is out in the rest of town.
Thanks kindly for taking a look. If anyone’s got a few extra minutes, I’d love your thoughts on the full projects at alecjacobsonphoto.com.