Today I’m joining with the Friday Photo over at Delicious Baby, to bring you a photo from my travels with a story behind it.
This week, I was on the South Bank in London, on one of those wettest of wet days when if it doesn’t rain it pours. I love the South Bank Centre because apart from the major art exhibitions & concerts, there’s always something free and interactive going on there. Through the gloom I spotted this installation of photographs and videos called Cheka Kidogo which means Smile a little in Swahili.
The portraits are by the celebrity photographer Rankin, who working with Oxfam visited the Democratic Republic of Congo and photographed residents of the refugee camps who had been forced to flee because of the Civil War. The fact that the portraits lit up the dull, rainy afternoon seemed to mirror the ability of these people to smile a little, even in the face of their desperate situation.
You can see all the other Friday photos on Delicious Baby here.