This collection of photographs explores the work of charities that help and support disadvantaged children, young people and their families in or near the vast capital city of China, Beijing.
Some of the work done is to raise awareness of HIV and Aids as prevention and to support those suffering from the virus. Some of the work done is to give the children a safe place to study and guidance on how to handle themselves while living, in poverty, on the margins of society. Much of the work is to inspire the children to believe they have a bright future and choices ahead of them.
The work ranges from toddlers learning their first mandarin characters to teenagers on a three week residential Life Skills course gaining advice on friendship, relationships, finding work and the meaning of community to a home visit with a little girl suffering from HIV and orphaned by the disease.
My documentary and commissioned photo-essays and portraits have taken me all around the world. I am interested to meet people and would like to think that my pictures not only show how the people I encounter live but also their response to their situation whatever it might be.
I have been lucky enough to work with various charities that have invited me to spend time with the people they support. The interactions I have had have enriched my life.
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Prevention Through Education (PTE)
Compassion for Migrant Children / Included