Since February 2007 a group of mostlyTuareg rebels have been fighting a low-level insurgent war against the government of Niger.
From a series of bases in the remote, arid Air Mountains, which sit astride the vast seas of dunes of the Sahara, the rebellion seeks to gain a greater share of the country’s uranium wealth and to prevent the fragile ecosystem of Tuareg pastoral lands from damage due to mining.
These images were taken during three weeks of traveling with the Niger Movement for Justice, as the group is known, in April and May 2008. Because this remote region is completely cut off to the news media, these images offer a rare glimpse of the rebellion
and the people it claims it is protecting.
The images also document the timeless yet changing way of life of the Tuareg people, whose nomadic livelihoods have been threatened by climate change, globalization, migration and mining.
This work is part of a series of images made in April 2008 in the Air mountains of Northern Niger. Much of my work focuses around the relationship of people within their environment, and that much of life - no matter where we are - have moments of great peace. And as an extension, in these moments of peace result in a sense of separateness or solitude. Using these moments of stillness in each of these scenes, I try to bring order to my surroundings.
For these images i choose to use 120mm film - as a way to slow down the constant shutter click and more deliberately compose my images. this also helps me interact differently with my subject.
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I made this work independently, but I have worked with and have relationships with the following NGOs:
- Action Aid (UK)
- Save the Children (UK)
- Oxfam Novib
- Water Aid (UK)
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