documentary photography

Project Why

A few weeks ago I was asked to document Project Why, an NGO in New Delhi that provides after school care to underprivileged children. Most children come from poor families, live in slums and go to schools where they are beaten and quality of education is very low. Project Why provides a loving, warm environment in which children can thrive and feel safe. Many kids who have been part of the program end up working at the centres themselves, others are able to go to university or join the army afterwards.

Besides after school programs, Project Why offers vocational courses to adults and runs a day school for mentally disabled children.  

Whenever I photograph children who live under completely different circumstances than my own kids, I am struck by the similarities they have. All are curious, want to learn, talk and be loved. All have dreams and talents, different personalities and a need for a safe environment in which they can be themselves and thrive. Project Why reaches out in a caring way and is able to make a substantial difference.

I was really touching to see how these kind of initiatives go a long way. If you would like to support Project Why, please check out their website.

La Lutte, Snow and Sand

This Sunday afternoon in June must have been one of the most fascinating of my entire life. I had met Marlijn and her husband the night before and they told me about a documentary they were making about John, a Norwegian wrestler who for a long time had been dreaming of coming to Senegal to play in a wrestling match. Marlijn made his dream come true and was going to film the match the next day. I asked if I could come along and photograph.

Here's an impression of the afternoon. Added to the images you have to imagine an unprecedented noise of drums, cheering people and guys screaming through microphones. It was exciting, interesting and so much fun to see John being thrown into this Senegalese happening that is full of rituals, traditions, dancing and lots of entertainment. The match itself only takes about 4 minutes, but in the end it's all about getting there. 

The finished documentary should be coming out soon, can't wait to see it!