I first visited Sumbawanga in 2011, working PiXL International. At that time, Sumbawanga was a quiet agricultural town, only accessible by 200 km of dirt road, which was slow to travel and frequently impassable in the rainy season. Even then, people were talking about the new road that was coming and the change they anticipated.
‘The road will bring development.’
‘Teachers here are all buying land to build a house.’
Building the road in this terrain and climate and through existing villages was a lengthy process. Each year, more sections were completed and the road was finally finished in 2015.
I was curious about how the citizens of Sumbawanga viewed the changes that were happening in their town. Over the years I had many conversations, in English and Swahili, with local people. In October 2017 I photographed and interviewed people I met around the town. Now I'm finalising the project to show as an exhibition.
This website shows you a selection of my images, including some from my work for History of Parliament Trust and PiXL International.