As a continuation of yesterday's blog regarding the upcoming kickstarter from the talented Lou Jones for his panAFRICAproject; today I got a chance to sit one on one with Lou to talk about the goals of the project.
We talked about the mission of the project in creating a respository of images showing the uncensored reality of one of the largest continents on earth. The western notions of Africa are driven by the images of war, poverty, & disease depicted by multiple media outlets. With more than a billion people living across more then 54 countries it can't all be images of starving children and rebel groups fighting. To view Africa in this context takes a very narrow view of the existence of the people of the continent.
As Lou stated in our interview there is an abundance of art, cultural, and commercial enterprises that gets overlooked when we view Africa. The mission of the project is to wider our understanding and create a resource available to educational outlets as well as to build bridges between those in tune with Africa whether at home or abroad.
For my promo video I was able to talk with Lou about his goals and the support structure they have built and continue to build as the project evolves. They plan on using resources that have bodies of work from within the continent as well as social media outlets in each country and region. The project is inclusive in nature for helping to tell the true story of modern Africa.
From the interview and the B roll I captured during the kickstarter planning meeting I hope to be able to have a good outside perspective of the project. I hope to provide a resource to them, as they begin the launch of the kickstarter campaign, to fund the next leg of their journey.
Please like or share this blog and check out www.fotojones.com or www.panafricaproject.org to find out more about the project and how you can become a part of the future of Africa.