I have been extremely fortunate to be able to combine two of my passions in one single assignment, two passions that seem to be very unlikely to be related to one another, namely Photography & Criminology.
As a Criminology graduate, even though I do not work in the field 9 to 5 I am very interested in reading various academic resources on different Criminal Justice subjects and to keep educating myself on it. It is something that I know for certain that I will not give up in the near future. I enjoy going away from all things work related and lose myself in a good book on the subject. It makes me feel like I never left the University and just keep on gaining knowledge.
On that note, I was very thrilled to be chosen as the photographer for the Stepping Stone project, personally led and funded by John Okusanya, an amazingly fascinating person, who has gone from nothing to everything. To be able to work for someone as inspiring as John was a big push for me as well, after our conversations throughout the shoot day he made me feel like I can truly achieve what I strive for if I do not lose my dedication, commitment and passion the same way John has worked his way up.
More about the project:
Stepping Stone is project delivered by John Okusanya. We are working closely with the prison service to deliver training on Business, Entrepreneurship, Family and Life After Prison for the inmates. The project will equip the inmates with the knowledge and information to prepare them for their release and help resettle them back into the community. We believe a lot of prisoners have unlocked potential within them and it is our job to help them recognise that potential and free them from the prison in their mind, so that they can leave the physical prison and go on to pursue their dreams and goals without distractions. This project is self-funded by John Okusanya and as part of this project we will be leaving the inmates with free booklets and brochures at the end of the training that they can read and keep.