Larissa and her classmate Jordan are both high school students at the STEM focused TASSAH Academy in Yaounde, capital of Cameroon. Larissa and Jordan spent countless hours preparing for the biggest challenge in their lives: building a robot that would be traveling with them to the FIRST GLOBAL robotics competition in Washington D.C. which was held last week at the Constitution Hall. With over 160 teams it was truly the youth from around the world coming together to tackle through technology one of the most pressing challenges: clean water.
When my Cameroonian friend Tatiana asked me: why don't you take some pictures of the many amazing african hairstyles? I thought, yes that would be cool, but I'd really want to know the stories behind the given hairstyles - like what's the story behind the hairdo? How does it make you feel?
Every now and then it happens that people ask me if I could design my T-shirts and Sweaters in a more colorful way. The answer is: nope. You think that’s pretty radical and you want to know why? I’m happy to explain!
I have colleagues who do an indispendable job: they take us to locations which most of us wouldn’t want to go voluntarily and show us situations which most of us would simply prefer to close our eyes to because they document destruction, disaster and misery. Their images are a call to action oftentimes with the goal to make a difference.
It was one of those rainy, foggy fall days in DC. In my head I had that same rush-hour-chaos as on those streets around me. My thoughts were on a sort of rollercoaster in my brain and got jammed always on those same intersections. Why?