Robin Hammond@hammond_robin

Photographer, Co-founder Witness Change, Human Rights Activist, Supports LGBT rights, No Health Without Mental Health, Love animals so I don't eat em!

http://www.onedayinmyworld.com/

Photo @hammond_robin / @noorimages. 4 year old Turkana nomadic pastoralist Ibe Yelle who I photographed in Kenya for a special issue on race that @NatGeo published recently. Africa is the most genetically diverse region in the world (as illustrated in the collection of images published in the story). This is consistent with the theory that humans recently migrated out of Africa. The first anatomically modern humans originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago, and all humans today are their direct descendants. I’ll be sharing some of the images that illustrate African diversity at @Hammond_Robin #NikonEuropeanAmbassador


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Last night I was privileged to receive the Amnesty International Media Award for Photojournalism for my story ‘People Like Us’ about deinstitutionalisation of a mental health facility in Croatia. I shot this as part of my campaign to elevate mental health stories #InMYWorld. We’re sharing that work on @OneDayInMyWorld. Thank you to @amnestyuk , @opensocietyfoundations , @guardian , @noorimages , @witness_change. There are hundreds of thousands in psychiatric institutions who can no longer remember what freedom to live independently and love fully feels like. But there are some courageous people fighting stigma and ignorance to set them free. I’d like to dedicate this award to them.


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Photo @hammond_robin / @noorimages. 5 year old Neilton Vaalbooi who I photographed in South Africa. He and his family identify as Bushman. I shot this for a special issue on race that @NatGeo publishes this month. Africa is the most genetically diverse region in the world. This is consistent with the theory that humans recently migrated out of Africa. The first anatomically modern humans originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago, and all humans today are their direct descendants. I’ll be sharing some of the images that illustrate African diversity over the next couple of weeks at @Hammond_Robin


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Photo @Hammond_Robin / @Noorimages. I photographed 35 year old Turkana nomadic pastoralist Leya Ewalan (1st picture) and 16 year old Abddurahman Mire of Somali origin (2nd picture) for a special issue on race that @NatGeo publishes this month. Africa is the most genetically diverse region in the world. This is consistent with the theory that humans recently migrated out of Africa. The first anatomically modern humans originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago, and all humans today are their direct descendants. I’ll be sharing some of the images that illustrate African diversity over the next couple of weeks at @Hammond_Robin
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#nikoneuropeanambassador #IDefineMe


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Photo @Hammond_Robin / @noorimages. My editor proposed this idea - I was sceptical at first, I couldn’t see how projecting DNA code onto a face could work. I should have had more faith. This was for a story on the genetics of race for a special race issue @NatGeo publishes this month. How the hell do you photograph that?!?! I’ll be sharing more images this month on @Hammond_Robin that illustrate how we tackled it. #IDefineMe


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Photo @Hammond_Robin / @noorimages. I had the privilege of shooting the cover of this month’s special issue on Race. 11 year old twins Millie (right) and Marcia (left) are from Birmingham, United Kingdom. Their mother calls them her “rainbow twins.” “They’re my miracles” she says. Race is a made-up label used to define and separate us. In its special race issue, @NatGeo reports on the origins of scientific racism and how it has defined society as we know it. #IDefineMe. I’ll be sharing more images from the cover shoot and the feature I shot on genetics and race at @Hammond_Robin


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Across the globe, women come together on #InternationalWomensDay to force the world to recognize inequalities – and celebrate the achievements of women who have overcome these barriers.
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After three years of telling #LGBTQI+ stories of survival for #WhereLoveIsIllegal, and meeting trans people from around the world it is clear that the fight for equality has a long way to go. So we at @Witness_Change want to acknowledge transgender women’s part in this day of equality for all women. -
To see more from the series, follow @Whereloveisillegal


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Photo by @hammond_robin / @noorimages for @onedayinmyworld
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“In an institution there is no possibility of recovery because there is no freedom.” Ruzica Vidakovic (left) met her husband Zoran Stih (right) when they were living in ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia. Zoran developed PTSD during the war and Ruzica had a “nervous breakdown” during a violent first marriage. While living in the institution they couldn’t be together; it was against the rules. Now they live independently in an apartment in the city. “Before I met her I was on the bottom rung of life. Now that I’ve met her, I’m on the top of life.”
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Rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. In four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from ‘Home for the Insane’ into apartments. Staff have trained to serve as assistants in the community. For many beneficiaries it is the first time they’ve experienced true freedom. This facility in Osijek is the only one out of 26 in the country to implement the UN convention to deinstitutionalize.
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#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. This project was funded in part through a grant from @opensocietyfoundations. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


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Photo by @hammond_robin / @noorimages for @onedayinmyworld
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“I feel like I’m born again, like a new person.” says Domagoj referring to his life at Dunja Agriculture Economy, in eastern Croatia. He and his girlfriend, Ana, both grew up in institutions before moving into a house in a rural area, where they now live, with part time support of an assistant. Domagoj describes the hardships he faced growing up in an institution: “They treated me very rough. The didn’t let us have any freedom, to go outside, to walk, or to take ice cream, they just kept us in a closed area of the building... A few times I was beaten.” But things changed when the Croatian not for profit organization ‘Inclusion’ supported Domagoj to move into their house. Speaking of his new living arrangement he says: "Life now is very good. When I moved into ‘Inclusion’ I have a feeling that something positive was happening with my life. That I might have a job or education, I discovered that I might have hope, that I might have some opportunity… Life now is too beautiful!”
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#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. This project was funded in part through a grant from @opensocietyfoundations. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @OneDayInMyWorld


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"I thought I would end my life by hanging myself from those pipes. I spent so many years here - I thought I'd never get out." Drazenko Tevelli (left) and his girlfriend Branka Reljan (right), met while both were institutionalized at the ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia, before they were moved into the community. Since that time, they have flourished. Branka said “I was in prison before. Now I love to make apple pies and buy spices and oils for cooking. It is wonderful for us to have our own keys, to buy fresh juice and to take a bus.”
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In four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia, into apartments. Staff have trained to serve as assistants in the community. For many beneficiaries it is the first time they’ve experienced true freedom. This facility in Osijek is the only one out of 26 in the country to implement the UN convention to deinstitutionalize.
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#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @OneDayInMyWorld


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Photo @hammond_robin / @noorimages for @onedayinmyworld
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“I realized if we put them in human conditions they become more human. It’s very easy, if you put people in inhuman conditions, in confined conditions, they become less human” says Ladislav Lamza, the Director of ‘Center For Providing Services In The Community.’ In this picture he hugs Luka - one of the beneficiaries who has moved out of the institution he runs and into supported living in a house outside the Croatian town of Osijek.
In four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from the formerly named ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia, into apartments. Staff have trained to serve as assistants in the community. For many beneficiaries it is the first time they’ve experienced true freedom. The facility in Osijek is the only one out of 26 in the country to implement the UN convention to deinstitutionalize.
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#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. To see more please follow @OneDayInMyWorld
#nikoneuropeanambassador


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EVERYONE - do me a favour and follow @onedayinmyworld. This is my new project with @witness_change exposing the challenges faced by people living with #MentalHealth conditions, and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. -
This newest work comes from Croatia where the government, in contradiction of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, is actively trying to thwart the heroic efforts of an institution, in the city of Osijek, and its remarkable director to free people with mental health conditions. Please share this story to let them know that locking away people for life because they have an illness is inhumane and must stop. Rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. Only in liberty can one find true healing, peace and love. -
This project was funded in part by a grant from @opensocietyfoundations. Photo by @hammond_robin / @noorimages. -
Follow the campaign at @onedayinmyworld


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