The DRC is one of those places that gets in your blood; it’s electric. I think anyone who has spent any considerable amount of time in the country returns wax-poetic about the place. First and foremost, the Congo is a breathtakingly beautiful country with equally beautiful people that are undeniably strong and passionate. I emphasize this because too often the country has been defined solely by the war. Narratives matter. To answer the question directly, the complexity and beauty are what keep me endlessly fascinated. Everything, whether political, economic, or social, is a rabbit hole of complexity.
Everything, whether political, economic, or social, is a rabbit hole of complexity.
As a photographer interested in exploring the psychology of war through visual means, the DRC does not disappoint. From a purely journalistic perspective, Congo is a country devastatingly under-reported on. No one knows about the issues the Congolese are facing, and frankly, no one seems to care. By focusing on Congo and taking the time to learn said complexities, my hope is to better communicate the stories of a deeply misunderstood and misrepresented country.