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An update on my crowdfunded photo-documentary with African Initiatives

9 October 2017 | Charity, Photography, Photojournalism | by Philip Field

Back in March of this year, myself and Ellie Richold from African Initiatives travelled to northern Tanzania to document the success that the Bristol based charity has had over the past 20 years in supporting Maasai communities. The trip was largely made possible thanks to a successful StartSomeGood crowdfunding campaign and I wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update on the project as well as to say thank you once again to all those people who generously backed me.

Since returning from the trip, Ellie and I have both been working hard to bring the stories and images we collated to light. From the get go, African Initiatives started using the images I took on their website, and stories such as those of Somoine’s who we met whilst visiting Emanyatta secondary school in Loliondo district now feature as case studies for their fundraising campaigns. Articles have also been published by the press, including a superb feature in The Bristol Magazine as well as a self-authored piece in the The Royal Photographic Society Journal magazine.

One of the many images as featured in the upcoming exhibition and book

One of the many images as featured in the upcoming exhibition and book

Upcoming Exhibition – 27th October

Perhaps the most exciting news for me is our upcoming exhibition at HOURS gallery in Bristol. The gallery has kindly offered space to African Initiatives to host an evening on 27th October between 6-9pm where selected images will displayed in large format that focus on women’s rights, girls’ education and land rights. The exhibition is FREE to attend and cocktails/drinks will be on tap throughout the night with both  Ellie and myself available to speak to throughout the night. Accompanying the exhibition will be a print and postcard sale with all proceeds going to African Initiatives. All are welcome!

Exhibition details
Location: Hours Gallery, 10 Colston Yard, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5BD
Date/Time: Friday 27th October, 18:00-21:00
Cost: FREE


To accompany the upcoming exhibition, I also produced a book featuring all the images from the trip as well as some behind the scenes shots. Available to view via my Blurb page, a full preview can also be seen below.

External Exhibition in Clifton, Bristol

Last Friday (6th October), Ellie and I put up an external pop-up exhibition in King’s Road, Bristol. Acting as a taster for our HOURS exhibition (see above) as well as some good PR for the charity, Ellie secured permission for five image and a description board (all measuring 1.8m x 1.2m) to be fixed to the plywood fencing around a disused property currently awaiting refurbishment in the stylish suburb of Clifton. The images certainly brighten up the street and have already had brought some significant web traffic to African Initiatives. fIf you;re in the area, swing by and take a look at the shots – there’s also a great coffee shop opposite to grab a drink and bite to eat.

Our external photogrpahy exhibition in King's Street, Clifton, Bristol

Our external photogrpahy exhibition in King’s Street, Clifton, Bristol

The external exhibition as seen from inside Papersmiths stationery shop

The external exhibition as seen from inside Papersmiths stationery shop

Written By Philip Field

Philip Field is a freelance graphic designer and professional photographer based in Bath in the United Kingdom.