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Smart Artist Michael McCabe reports on his trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a film shoot:

"I’ve always enjoyed getting off the grid for shoots.  Even when shooting for fashion magazines, I like to fly in, pack up a truck and drive off.

I’m currently filming a documentary in the Congo with my brother, Daniel.  What is unique, to me, about the Congo is how difficult it is to get anything done.  Gaining access to shoot in the country was a big hurdle.  The government is very suspicious about photographers, and people often thought we were army or CIA.  While traveling, we were stopped many times, detained, and even arrested.  A few times we had our cameras taken away and were told to delete photos.

Once we got in sync with the way things worked, Congo revealed itself as a country filled with abundant natural and cultural beauty.

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