I have always been the type of person who wants to help out ‘the little guy’. I could more easily empathize with and understand groups being discriminated against than the discriminators. I think more about things I can be doing to help people who need it (though I am a living-paycheck-to-paycheck-20-something) than about more ways to fill my own pockets. I guess I would rather fill my life with contentment and knowing that I made a difference in the world. It doesn’t help that my husband is cut from a completely different cloth than my own, and couldn’t care less. His views are more like – its a dog eat dog world, and he is going to worry about doing what needs to be done for us.
I love what I do, but sometimes I start getting down on myself. I start dwelling on the thought that I could be doing something bigger with my photography. It can be used to do good in the world. It can be used to open peoples eyes to truths and hardships in this world that they try so hard to keep out of their conscious mind. When this year started I told myself that during any down time in my business, I was going to make time for my own personal photography projects. I am excited to get into more creative projects and documentary photography projects this year, I had my first creative project set for March – but it had to be pushed back to June!
On this note, I wanted to share some war photography with you all. I believe that war photography is important. It shows the harsh realities. For me, it is more meaningful to see these things, than to hear numbers and statistics over the news. It hits home much harder to actually see innocent children sitting in rubble that was their home, and young soldiers bleeding from their war wounds.
If you want a few names to google for war photography: Bill Brandt, Geoff Dyer, Horst Faas, James Nachtwey