I´m often asked why do I do what I do. Through floods, stampedes, drug cartels, raging rivers and blizzards…why do I keep putting this old battered and used up body on the line.
The answer is simple, but maybe hard to understand.
I believe that photography can be used as a tool to change the conditions in which people live. For me, photography is both a path and instrument for social justice. I like to point the camera where images can make a difference — especially on issues around poverty, housing, health care and the environment.
I´ve been asked many times if I´m an activist and if so, does activism and photojournalism go together?
I feel that activism and photojournalism work together. While landscapes, portraits and fine art photography have their place, I´m interested in shooting things that are important.
At one point in my career, I had to make some choices of what I wanted to do with my time and energy. Many people said, “Keep shooting; you are an artist.”
I told them, “I´m not an artist…I´m just a messenger.” You see, I go to a place to see what´s going on and bring it back for people to see. Then I´m off to the next place.
Thank you for your support on this journey called life!
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