by Lottie Davis
The artist says, "In 2005 I visited the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari in Botswana, in conjunction with Survival International, a charity which supports tribal peoples in their struggle to hold onto their ancestral way of life. Many people across the world are finding it difficult to determine their own futures in the face of increasing interest from ‘the outside world’, and the Bushmen are just one of these groups. Since these photographs were taken, many of the 250 Bushmen living in the Central Kalahari have been relocated outside the reserve, and although they did eventually win their case against their government and are legally allowed to return to the reserve, only a few have been able to return. The battle against the authorities and the interests of the diamond mining industry continues."
Lottie Davies was born in Guildford, UK and has worked as a professional photographer since 2000. Her unique style has been employed in a variety of contexts, including newspapers, glossy magazines, books and advertising. She has won recognition in numerous awards, including the Association of Photographers’ Awards, the International Color Awards, the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Awards, and the Foto8 Summer Show 2008. Recently she has garnered international acclaim with her image Quints, which won First Prize at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Awards 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
As a photojournalist, she focuses on lesser-known communities and on ethno-political issues, putting forward a sharply critical view of contemporary Western complacency, with a desire to illuminate the lives of those often overlooked.
You can find more of Lottie's work at her website, LottieDavies.com.