by Jeff Mitchell
The Africa book was a compilation of photo’s taken during four separate trips to the continent of Africa covering twelve countries during the early 1980’s.
The objectives of this project were to photograph, explore, and investigate the anthropological, political, and social differences between tribes.
This journey started with numerous creative modes of transportation, including planes, lorries and Mekoro’s along with trekking through dense forest to locate isolated groups of Pygmies in the Uturi Forest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo formerly called Zaire, and experience the daily survival activities of the tribe.
On these travel journeys, I always included visits to the Mountain Gorillas of the Virunga Mountain Range, in Democratic Republic of the Congo formerly called Zaire, Uganda, and Rwanda to observe the different Gorillas groups. Along the way, I ventured to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro 19,340ft with an International group, and also climbed a volcano or two.
During my times in Africa I also visited the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Creator in Tanzania, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Lake Malawi in Malawi, Okavango Delta in Botswana, and most importantly the Kalahari Desert where I befriended a group of Bushmen, Africa’s oldest cultural group, who allowed me to photograph them.
My adventures have been written about in the Los Angeles Times and various smaller newspapers.