These photos are from my Africa trip in 2012. I traveled there with Operation Mobilization. They are a Christian non-profit organization that aims at improving the quality of life of people who are improverished, outcast, or just forgotten in their cultures through education, advocacy work, community support, providing medical care, and by offering hope that can be found in God. During my 2012 trip I helped organize donated medical equipment for their medical lifeboat on Lake Tanganyika, taught math and English, and helped with agricultural research.
I was armed with a simple point and shoot digital camera. I was playing with some locate village kids one day and with no real intention or purpose in mind I took a close-up head shot of a kid I met. After reviewing the picture in the camera, I was inspired to take more similar photos. After getting back I decided to call this album "Faces of Africa." The stories they tell. Enjoy.
A beautiful smile that says welcome to my home.
Title: "Come Find Me"
Physically this teenager is in front of me, but emotionally I wondered where he was at? This photo is one of my favorites because of something you cannot see. Behind me is about 15 little kids trying so hard to make this young man smile. Some are jumping around, some are making funny faces, and others are trying desperately to see into my camera view finder to see the image I captured.
Title: "What Are You Looking At?"
I love the colors of this photo. Three very different expressions are captured.
Title: "Yes I Am Cute, I know"
Words are not needed to explain this picture.
Title: "Let Us Be Friends"
This kids was one of my favorite. I met him at one of the schools that I taught at. He had so much energy, curiosity and rebellion in him.
Title: " I Spy"
This picture was taken during a game I call "Shoulder, Shoulder, Head." Its the same as Duck Duck Goose, however, the kids had a hard time understanding that concept because they did not know what what a duck or goose was and I did not have a translator who could explain. So instead of saying duck or goose, the kids would walk in a circle and touch the shoulder (duck) or head (goose).
Title: "I'm Scared"
In reality, this girl is far away from and I zoomed in quite a bit. I wonder what she was thinking as she looked at me looking at her through my camera?
Title: " I Need You"
Letting his expression do the talking.
Title: " My Best Friend"
Somethings are universal.
Title: " I See You There Looking At Me"
Again, I love the colors of this picture. The contrast between the green grass and light colored straw roof is nice. The torn up close on this child and distended stomach gives the viewer a glimpse into the impoverished lives of some villagers.