The photos were taken in SALVADOR and the AMAZON. Brazil
OLLANTAYTAMBU and CUSCO, PERU.
I’ve traveled fifty-seven countries so far within my lifetime, and no matter
where I’ve been, I’ve always been curious to know if that country has a
black, or any ethnic minority set community among its populous and if
so; what are they like? How do they live? How do they live in comparison to myself
that is, being of black British descent.
As a travel photographer, even before I begin shooting, the in-depth but informal conversations we have about their day-to-day lives helps me get the best out of the shoot, as well as the subject. They say people are often most comfortable within their own environment. So, from that perspective I guess they always have the advantage.
Most experiences I’ve found to be different from my own, in terms of being more negative. Not to say that anywhere is perfect, but I’ve found that the level of equality and civil liberties that ethnic minority citizens have in the U.K. are far different from the ones I’ve engaged with in other places, especially in South America.
With this being said, this experience helped me feel appreciative of home, and the opportunities that it can provide.
South America has always fascinated me from a very early age. I think every media image I’ve ever saw of it, represented for me some of the fundamental aspects of why I love to travel. I love differences and always want to feel far removed from my usual and daily environment, which is what Brazil and Peru did for me. The Amazon in Brazil and Machu
Picchu in Peru are two of the parts great wonders, and when seen on television, they always appeared visually breathtaking to me, but the reality was even more intense. I always feel though, that you can’t get a sense of a landmark until you mix with the local people around it, so I did, as shown through my images.