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    Meeting and Photographing of Nelson Mandela

    While on assignment with the US Delegation during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, I was fortunate enough to meet and photograph Nelson Mandela when I traveled to his home along with President Bill Clinton and ambassadors from those attempting to bring the World Cup to the USA

    To be in the company of such an inspirational man is something that I will truly never forget. Despite the fact that Madiba had lost a very close family member just a few weeks before, his humility, warmth and humour were infectious and he welcomed me with a warm smile and twinkle in his eye; in no way is it an over-exaggeration to state that one knew that they were in the presence of greatness as I spent some time photographing himself and President Clinton interacting in the intimacy of his office.

    In between photographing him and President Clinton, we spoke about his love for soccer, boxing and other sport and he also showed a real interest in how I was enjoying my time in South Africa and the experience of the World Cup. He really did make me feel like I was the most special person in the room.

    Ever since meeting him, I have taken an active interest in researching his life in greater interest, visited Robben Island and understood the magnitude of change that he was able to achieve. As a 28 year old, it is hard for me to comprehend how he spent almost my entire lifetime in jail and emerged wiling to forgive, reconcile and work for the greater good of others and the country that he loved.

    Meeting him is one of those moments in my life that I doubt I will ever top on both a personal and professional level and something that I will cherish forever.

    I have attached two photographs of my experience and more can be found here:

    I would appreciate if you could please not use this story/photographs without letting me know if you intend to do so.

    Many thanks.

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