Photography, Video and Documentary
I have a long-standing interest in visual media, especially film and photography. As a teacher and trainer, I have made extensive use of documentary film to inform and educate, and encourage participants. As a practitioner, I have used participatory "photo voice" techniques during field research with rural youth in East Africa.
In 2016, I completed a MA in Documentary Practice (Film) from Brunel University, and I now integrate video in my consultancy work.
My personal approach to filmmaking is influenced by my academic training as a social anthropologist and is informed by my long-standing involvement in development. As a social scientist, I recognise the need for sensitivity and respect. I can operate, with ease, across diverse cultural and social contexts, and have the skills to engage with people from any social background. I understand the influence that social identities, such as gender and ethnicity, can play in shaping life experiences, and the importance of exploring issues from differing perspectives. As a development practitioner, I have a detailed knowledge of the institutional context of projects and programmes, the issues they seek to address, and their challenges.