How do you discover the stories you cover?
"I read a lot, and have been fortunate to travel quite a bit. I try to engage as much as possible with the people in the communities I visit. I try to be attentive to what they are talking about, and the issues affecting their communities."
What is your process for getting to know your subjects before you photograph them?
"I try to spend as much time as possible with the subjects in the stories. I think, as a storyteller, you can only tell a version of a people's story as opposed to the story of the people."
What was the biggest challenge you faced when you started professional photography?
"Pricing work and photographic services, and thereafter the administration that comes with any business. I wouldn't say I have completely overcome it, although I have got better at managing it. I think it takes time."
Who have been your biggest photographic influences, and why?
"Many of the great African photographers, such as Malick Sidibé and Samuel Fosso, and the historical significance of their portraits and work, as well as Diane Arbus and her work on marginalised people. I have always wanted to use my work to generate conversations about social issues."
What projects are you working on now, and what would you like to achieve in the next part of your career?
"I recently completed a project in Kipushi, a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, investigating the social and environmental impact of the dumping of acidic waste. I am also in the process of working on a story about mental health in Uganda."
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