“Life in Kibera is difficult, but if you trust in yourself and work hard, you can make something of yourself.”– Genevieve

In this series of portraits entitled, “Dreams Are Valid,” I focus my lens on the experiences of Kenyan youth living and working in Kibera, Nairobi. My sole purpose is to connect with the individuals I am photographing—not only through the stillness of my lens, but also through the conversation verbally, visually, and vocally. This photo series captures many characteristics of the environment in which they live, but more importantly, highlights the challenges, hopes, and passions of these children. In this series, these children and adolescents are photographed in their homes, public streets, and at work, using natural lighting.