Simon Fidelis Luyenga is a Tanzanian born independent photojournalist and documentary photographer; his work has been featured in publications including Suddeutsche Zeitung, Mail & Guardian, Die Zeit, Rinse and exhibited in Galleries. In 2018...
This project takes the ideas of privacy in the public space, and the complex role of a photographer within this realm, as a starting point. At any given time, if one is aware of life on the streets, one can locate somebody who appears to think he/she is not being watched. The photographer has an obligation to ask for their permission when working in the street, but this is not always possible and can also ruin the photographic moment. Through a series of candid photographs, Fidelis describes his experience, on the other side of the lens, as having ups and downs. On being faced with the common question, “… Why are you taking a photo of me? …” and the heated debates that usually follow, Fidelis turned to exploring the concept of self, in relation to others and their shared surroundings. He consciously sets out to test the limits of access and personal space through different kinds of images.