Refugee Hula Hoop Girl

CompanyDavid Pickens Photography
PhotographerDavid Pickens
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

There are thousands of Myanmar refugees living in camps just over the border in Western Thailand. Spark Circus a Social Circus organization, tour the camps and schools along the border regions around the Mea Sot area. They perform high energy, colorful shows and teach circus skills workshops. I spent a day with them on a refuse dump where many Myanmese families eke out a living from recycling what they can find. The Circus show and workshop are a very much welcome relief for the hard working children, I photographed this young girl taking part in the Hula Hoop workshop.

About Photographer

I am a portrait photographer specializing in the performing arts, Theater, Dance, Cabaret and Circus. After studying Editorial and Advertising Photography at Gloucester and Cheltenham Collage 1983-86. I moved to London to become an assistant photographer working with the great and the good of the advertising photography world from 1986 - 90....... Then, as the Economic recession hit the UK, all my work literally, dried up…… I ran away with the circus. I spent 20 years being a cabaret- circus performer as a slack-rope walker, while all along photographing other artists for their show promotional posters and publicity. This is how I now make my living, along with commissions and editorial portraiture. For my personal work, I took some time out in early 2017 to help with charitable work. I spent two months volunteering with Serious Fun, Social Circus, Myanmar who on six days a week provide circus skills workshops for the disadvantaged children of the capital, Yangon. These groups include an Orphanage, Foster home, School for Deaf children, School for evacuated children from one of the many ongoing civil wars in Myanmar, A centre for children with learning difficulties and a Juvenile Prison.