The National Portrait Gallery
was on show at the in London, as part of the 2014 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (13 November 2014–22 February 2015), and it will be on show at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield (2 May–16 August 2015), as part of the touring exhibition. This photograph is from a series of portraits called . I took these photographs in the Taita Hills, in Kenya, where I lived for several years, while working on my PhD in biodiversity, conservation, and . The man is named Mwasaru, and he was harvesting sugar cane near one of my field sites when he agreed to be photographed. Like many of the portraits in this series, I took this photograph against a white cloth background, draped over a wooden frame that I could set up in the middle of the farmland.