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Sofie Amalie Klougart August 8, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Kenya.

Bamburi Beach, Mombasa Kenya 2010

Sofie Amalie Klougart (b. 1987, Denmark) works as a freelance photographer in Copenhagen. In 2010 she went to Kenya working for a humanitarian organization and the Danish paper Dagbladet Information covering child prostitution and female sex tourism. In 2011 she won the first prize at the Danish POY for best domestic reportage about The Danish Peoples Party, a group who proposed stopping all non-western emigration to Denmark. In 2012 she was chosen to participate in the Joop Swart Masterclass organized by World Press Photo. Sofie is currently studying at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Århus.

About the Photograph:

“In Mombasa, Kenya, there is a market for female sex tourism. Along the beach frontier, Kenyan men offer themselves to passing women. The meetings between local men and foreign women often spawn romantic feelings for the women that go beyond the act of sex. This phenomenon is known as romance tourism. I met Frank at Bamburi Beach where he was walking by the shore. He is 35 years old and lived from selling shoes and from the money he got from staying with western women. His English was poor but his message was clear. Frank was quite aware of his looks, so when I asked to photograph him he posed without giving it a second thought. As I walked away he went back into the water waiting for other women to pass. I had come to Kenya to portray the women, but I kept returning to this photograph because it crystallizes what the women fall for: sun, sand and sex. A  simpler life I suppose”