02 / 09 / 2009
Dominic’s exhibition in Eglise des Dominicains recounts the flight of thousands of Congolese civilians, forced to leave their houses beacause of the attacks launched by oponents of the governement, the Tutsi rebels.
Tall, sympathetic and smiling, Dominic started ansewering my questions by saying he first wanted to work in the film industry. He used to be in a film school and have some theater lessons. But filming requires a real team work. Photography is simpler and can be practised on one's own. This is why Dominic switched to photography and started to be a staffer for the South China Morning Post newspaper in Hong Kong.
In 2007, Dominic became a freelance photographer.
"The night before arriving to Congo, I was scared. You fear what you don't know. I expected things to be worse than they actually are."
Dominic did not expect to be assigned but went to Congo by his own decision because he felt the situation was getting tense so he could cover some hot news. He sometimes slept outside or in church convents. He is convinced that one should not expect anything from others. He is a true freelance, in photography and in mind, only trusting himself.
Dominic claims to have an acute instinct telling him wether to put himself in some situations without no big danger or not. He tries to think the less while taking photographs and always follows his intuition.
For the future, Dominic is thinking of working on a long time project from which he could release a book. He is also looking forward to go back to Nairobi where he is based because he loves the place.