Photo shoots in Pakistan, Nigeria and Kenya


This year, I was offered an amazing opportunity to travel to Pakistan, Nigeria and Kenya. 

I was delighted to be asked by Kieran Battles from Spooner Fitzgerald to take the photos for his client Reall 'investors and innovators in affordable housing'

Along with director Andy from Olas Roe + cameraman Eric Huyton, we set off to Lahore + Faisalabad followed shortly to Abuja + Nairobi.

My brief was largely informed by the filming script, 'A home for human potential' Documenting the issues of homelessness, poor living conditions and the steps towards solutions. 

We had such a warm welcome from everyone we met, below is just a small selection of photos from the 3 trips.


On top of Kenyatta Conference centre Nairobi
school kids Kenya

Kieran, Eric, Andy + locals, Mathare District Nairobi

Faisalabad Pakistan


From Reall website:

"In the time it takes you to read this one sentence 13 people will be added to the worlds urban population.
In every minute that follows 155 children, women and men will follow in their footsteps
Little if any shelter awaits them. They are not alone"

Nairobi
Mathare slum Nairobi
Mathare slum Nairobi
Mathare slum Nairobi


Mathare slum Nairobi
A city within a city, Mathare slum Nairobi

Nairobi

The new housing estates we visited were a complete contrast to slum areas above.
The houses are modest with gardens, allotment areas plus communal space for sports, play and picnics etc.
Most have come from crowded cramped conditions so really appreciate the benefits of a safe, peaceful and healthy environment to raise their families.


Abuja
Abuja
Kenya

Street dancers practicing Abuja

Faisalabad

School children Faisalabad

On site water treatment plant Faisalabad
Resident Naomi Luka in her allotment
Residence Abuja +Faisalabad sites


Children at Faisalabad site


Below is a selection of random observations from the trips

Nigeria

Labels Nigeria

Sign in a school Kenya

Construction workers Lahore

Site workers Faisalabad

Motorcycles Pakistan

Colourful trucks Pakistan

Abuja + Lahore
Lahore

Boxers

A couple of years ago, I started fitness classes at the Bristol boxing gym and have since become quite fascinated by the sport.
I now have a better understanding of boxing and see why writers, film makers and artists are often drawn to make studies on this subject.

With a pro boxing event coming up, it was a great opportunity to spend the evening taking photographs. I was kindly given a press pass by the gym and took to my position ringside.

The next 4 hours was high drama 7 thrilling fights back to back. From the first bell. Head, hands and feet are quickly changing direction.
Switching from my controlled commercial work, this would be a challenge. No flash, fast shutter speeds, and constantly trying to trace the unpredictable action to maintain good focusing with a lens set at wide aperture.

Huge respect to the boxers and their teams whose level of dedication + discipline is inspiring.
I enjoyed the evening and hope to shoot more in the future. Below is a selection of images.