Jean Luc Dushime is a professional photographer and multimedia producer. Born in Rwanda, he grew up between the D.R.Congo and the Republic of Congo and now resides in the US. His past as a survivor of multiple wars and massacres has inspired him to explore human behavior through visual arts, explore issues of identity, acculturation and integration. He is an experienced motivational speaker and enjoy mentoring kids in his free time.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I think my style of photography is very much a reflection of my personality. I am curious, adventurous, and compassionate. I became a photographer because I wanted to document my life journey. So my style is tented by my life struggles, hopes and dreams.
Can you share the backstories behind these two photos?
I chose these photographs because they capture a period of my life that I missed because of the war and displacement.
Boys planning football in the sunset in Juba – I grew up in Rwanda and football was a passion of mine. I spent lots of summers as a young man, playing with my friends. I lost most of these friends during the war.
The flying girl in Malakal – This photograph reminds me my life in the refugee camps. Despite the hardship, we kept on living, playing and having fun. That was the only way to cope with our reality.
Both photographs were taken in South Sudan in 2014.
What are your dreams as a photographer?
My dream as a photographer is to create work that engage people to have a conversation on identity, race, displacement, migration, colonization, gender… issues that we tend to avoid and subjects that make us uncomfortable.
The “Snapshot” series are mini interviews with fellow black travel photographers to inspire others and myself. As I’ve navigated the world of travel photography over the last few years, I’ve found very few fellow photographers of color who are also doing this professionally with a heavy focus on travel documentary. So this inspirational resource of professional travel photographers of color is a way for people to always find us. Please get in touch if you’d like to be featured or know of others to feature.