Kate recently photographed an amazing ActionAid project. Below she explains the story behind her favourite image.
This image was one of my favourites from my trip to Gaba Tulla (in Kenya) with ActionAid.
Gaba Tulla in Isiolo - is an area of Kenya severely affected by drought. The women pictured are attempting build a reservoir which will transform their community.
We had arrived early in the morning to see the community before it got too hot, and the sun got too bright. The activity was intense, and the energy and enthusiasm with which people were going about their work was infectious.
The bright colours of the clothes and scarves provided a vivid spectacle and I attempted to capture the energy, vibrance and motivation that I was seeing. This scene was in direct contrast to the drought stricken landscape we had seen the previous day, and after the stories of drought and devastation that we had heard it was inspiring to see this surge of activity in such a landscape. Garba Tulla was a seven hour journey from Nairobi. It was situated about 40 kms from the main road down a very sandy track - so not an easily accessible area. Where we stayed was very spartan - a cold bucket of water was my shower in the evening. There is limited electricity there so I had to go to a local shop every evening to use their generator and pay for fuel in order to charge my batteries. This could take up to two hours an evening because the generator wasn't that big!
>> See Kate's photos of the amazing project in Garba Tulla
When I took the photograph it was still quite early in the morning and so the sky hadn't yet become too bright.
I was very careful to expose the image to allow the blue of the sky to come through, I also wanted to maintain as much beautiful detail and colour as possible so I kept my aperture as narrow as possible - balanced that against a slightly slower shutter speed which gave me great depth of focus.
I'm reminded why I'm doing this when I publish images and people contact me with offers of help for the individuals concerned. Knowing that as photographers, images we take can touch on people's humanity.
My first field experiences were in Kosova, photographing the humanitarian effects of the conflict. I went on to write my first investigative report that uncovered the trafficking of young girls from Eastern Europe.
It was the first time the issue of trafficking of women from Eastern Europe for sexual purposes was exposed. Since then I have traveled extensively documenting refugees and the effects of war and poverty on women and children.
I like combining editorial work for the UK and US media with photographic work for NGO'S. Working for NGO's gives one access and insight that many journalists don't have.
>> See Kate's photos of the project in Garba Tulla