Yusuf Hussein is a driven young man. Often described as the only ‘creative’ in his circle of friends, the only difference he sees between him and them is action – taking ideas and making something of them. Yusuf’s need to turn his ideas into something tangible has seen him write and direct films and become an award-winning poet. It’s also why Yusuf and his friends Amina Mohamed and Fatuma Yussuf have been instrumental in creating ‘Rise and Shoot’ – a Stockholm-based creative education programme that offers a year-long opportunity for young people to learn the fundamentals of photography.
The three describe Rise and Shoot as “an inclusive community”. They are all about working together to create opportunities for young people and view the local creative industry as being a place of restrictive uniformity. They’ve observed how hard it is for young people of the suburbs from different backgrounds to break through into creative roles. Yusuf, who as well as being the co-founder has assumed the role of Executive Director of Rise & Shoot, explains, “Unfortunately, many initiatives [in his hometown of Rinkeby, Stockholm] are project-based. Success exists in the continuous, is my opinion. For that reason, I felt no doubt that I needed to found Rise and Shoot and create opportunities for others who have a passion for photography, but neither a parent nor contact in those industries.”