Photo © Louis Brunet
While shooting a documentary about Gemstone miners in south of Kenya, we had some time to understand the environment of this mining area. Unlike many extraction places in the world, this one is not made of dozens of thousands of people. Small mines, small groups, but two distinct categories : the legal and the illegal mines. The only difference is that legal ones provide miners security, structure propping, equipment, good food, human right respected. The unfortunate have no one of this, and dig some holes around the concession, with the dream of finding a valuable stone.
One day, I was following a trunk full of workers, and was such sad about their conditions. These human beings were treated like animals, and this truck looked like a prison. I don't know what was in the bottom of this man's head, at this particular moment, but obviously, he knows he could be treated better...
Louis Brunet FRANCE
After an 8 years long career in engineering, I decided to go to a more exciting, human and creative job, being a documentary photographer. A choice that I thank everyday, leading me to discover and understand the world, meeting amazing people, and renewing my vision of the life. A vision among thousands of others, and that's why I love photography, and photographers. Each of us is able to tell a story in a different way, which is so inspiring...
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