Liberia has suffered from two consecutive civil wars (1989-1996 and 1999-2003). During these civil wars, energy supply, water pipes and infrastructures were damaged. Today, the majority of Liberians rely on biomass, wood and charcoal for their daily energy needs. Only 0.6% of Monrovians have access to electricity. There are no power lines in most rural area.
Electricity was difinitely one of the things I had taken for granted. At where I stayed in Monrovia, we purchases a generator and fuels to have power for partial day. It was intererting experienc for me to photograph darkness.
As a photographer, I love lights, artificial and natural: speed light, hot light, studio light, street light, lamp and candle etc,. I am usually a heavy user of artfificial lights (speed light and studio strobe) I love crafting lights, to direct the mood of my photographs. I often craft a photograph by lights to translate the feel of photograph, rather than recording a photograph with my camera.
So when I was in Liberia, I was struck with a problem. How do I communicate lack of lights in my photographs. How do I highlight the feel of photograph in darkness, Instead of illuminatating a mood of photograph, I focused on shadow and darkness, lack of illumination to direct my photographs and its intention.
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