Claire Thomas

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Where are you from?
I’m from a small town in rural West Wales, but I currently live in Andalusia, Spain. Over the past ten years I’ve spent most of my time travelling and working in a number of countries including the USA, Canada and several countries in Africa.

Why did you want to become a Photographer?
Through my travels I developed a passion for photography and capturing the beauty and diversity of landscapes, peoples and cultures I was seeing.

Why did you choose this particular shot to be your favorite photograph?
I have chosen this photo of a Ghanaian woman as my favourite photo because I feel it highlights the plight of women in Ghana who suffer in silence the ravishes of HIV and abject poverty. With no money to buy food or life-saving antiretroviral treatment, and forced to keep her condition a secret from even her closest family members due to the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS in Ghana, this woman, Alimatu, suffered alone through the final stages of AIDS. I met her on a recent trip to Ghana while I was carrying out a project I’d created to provide mattresses to a group of HIV positive women who receive support from a community based organisation I am involved with. Shortly after I visited her she lost the battle against AIDS.

Anythingelse you want to add?

To view more of my photographs from Africa and around the world, follow this link to my website. You can also follow me on facebook and flickr

Claire Thomas

Claire Thomas

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