53mm Featured by Iain Palmer
@crazymzungu are John and Kaelene Petersen and they are directors of LDS Charities in Kenya. (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)
Their Instagram feed exhibits some very beautiful street portraits taken of the adults and children they have met and helped throughout their time in Kenya and Tanzania. Their photographic catalogue particularly caught my eye for their wonderful warming quality and rich use of the black and white filter on their Fuji X-E1.
Their application of the Fuji XF35mm f/1.4 lens is simply lush and their background in wedding photography has certainly assisted in their practice of the lens and the results from it.
I asked John to explain more about their work as charity directors and how the Fuji XF35mm f/1.4 has helped to document their time there.
Here is John's account and 53mm is privileged to have @crazymzungu be the first _53mm_ Instagram feature on the 53mm website.
Kaelene and I are the directors of LDS Charities in Kenya and Tanzania. It is a two year unpaid/volunteer position. We sold our house and quit our jobs in Los Angeles to come help the poor and needy here in Africa. Our humanitarian projects focus on health, education and water. I was a geologist and my wife a wedding photographer back in the USA. We both enjoy taking pictures here, especially of the children. In order to keep a low profile we shoot the Fuji X-E1 and the XF35mm f/1.4. It is an amazing lens and that is coming from a person that used to shoot a Hasselblad.
We organize and oversee humanitarian projects in Kenya and Tanzania for LDS CHARITIES. So far we have done two wheelchair projects, where we bring in a container of wheelchairs. We have them customized/fitted to each recipient. We have done six school projects, where we help them with desks, lockers, tables and doors. We have completed a deep borehole project in eastern Kenya, that provides water to thousands of villagers.
We use our Fuji X-E11 with the XF35mm f/1.4 to document our journey. We love photographing the children, they are so real. Both Kaelene and I look for beautiful and interesting light. We often work in the slums and this camera doesn't draw to much attention but can handle challenging light situations. The classrooms we go into are very dark (no electricity) and the only light is from windows or holes in the ceilings.
I shoot the XF35mm wide open and love it. Spending time with these children that have nothing has changed us both forever.
To find out more about the charitable work John & Kaelene are involved in visit ldscharities.org