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jerry can

Alberto Mesirca | Rwanda

jerry cans
A common sight in Rwanda where 9.4% of the population have clean water access in their homes and 39% of people have to walk more than 15 minutes to reach a clean water source. Kigali, Rwanda

In Rwanda, notwithstanding the huge accomplishments the country has performed since the Genocide that happened in 1994, the supply of clean water is still an issue. According to the latest Government Report, 9.4% of people have clean water access in their homes and 39% of people have to walk more than 15 minutes to reach a clean water source.

Seeing people carrying their yellow jerry can and going to fetch water from a water pump or well is a common sight even in the capital, Kigali.

In these images mostly kids are collecting water from the water pump because when the photos were shot it was school holidays, otherwise women are the ones that provide water for the family. And merchants too collect water that they resell in the neighborhoods for about 100 (0,10€) francs per jerry can of 20 liters.

When I photograph I like to approach my subject either from a geometrical and rational perspective, possibly trying to find the abstract in reality and attempting to rationalize it. Or from a sociological perspective, investigating the social or historical context of also a minimal aspect of reality that, like in a fractal, represents the whole.
These processes, I believe, inevitably lead to a more intimate knowledge and appreciation of the reality before me.
As a matter of fact when I shoot I normally start from wide angle and then I focus into some details that I think convey the nature of the subject.
I do not like to heavily post process my pictures as I want to convey the reality as it was seen and lived.

Alberto Mesirca

e-mail: a_mesirca@hotmail.com

website: http://www.albertomesircaphoto.com

instagram: albertomesircaphoto, albertomesircaphotorwanda

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