Sierra Leone Portraits

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Recently I traveled to Sierra Leone with my wife Becky and daughter Suki to photograph for two charities in the third largest city, Kenema. The first was Swawou School Foundation who provide free quality education in a child friendly learning environment to disadvantaged girls from the Swawou community of Kenema town, eastern Sierra Leone. We provide a nurturing and safe place to learn, where the girls have the support and encouragement they need to stay in education. The second Orkidstudio is dedicated to exploring and developing the connection between architecture and humanitarian aid. Their projects seek to help young people and communities worldwide, inspiring a sense of pride and ambition, through innovative and sustainable design. They work on a voluntary bases taking groups of architecture students to work along side locally based tradesmen. This makes for an amazing catalyst for a cross cultural exchange of ideas and building techniques.

Orkid are currently building a new school for Swawou, with a solid roof, brick walls and everything! Here is a selection of portraits I took of workers on the site, the girls from the school and people who are affected by the school and building.

I did not ask anyone to pose for these images letting them stand as will and lit them with a couple of speed lights and home made light shapers created on location.

About Peter Dibdin professional Photographer

Photographer Peter Dibdin has exhibited his work throughout the UK and internationally. He has lived for photography since first picking up a camera at age 14 in his native Dorset. Currently, Peter works commercially from his Summerhall studio in Edinburgh, the city’s premier creative hub, where his photography has featured on billboards, magazines and in print and online publications for a variety of local and international companies.  Peter specialises in portraiture, food and drink photography, and performance and theatre photography.

Clients include: the National Theatre of Scotland, Visit Scotland, Bacardi, Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bombay Sapphire, Ernst and Young, Rockstar North,

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