Work with me because…
… I create powerful images that forward progress through fostering greater understanding in the world.
Humanitarian and Environmental Photography
Visual peacemaking portfolio:
The world’s great photographers excel at what they do primarily because they are able to express their personal visions through their photography. I take this a step further in my humanitarian and environmental work because my passion lies in merging photographic and philanthropic vision. That is, I dovetail the concepts of ‘vision’ in photography and ‘vision’ in making a difference.
My vision is of humanity united in peace, living in harmony with our planet. It is a beautiful image. Using photography, I emphasise our commonalities and try to break down pre-conceived notions and stereotypes. Communication through powerful imagery can help dispel ignorance of what unites us and usher forth understanding far faster than words. When differences are reconciled, this is visual peacemaking.
As a humanitarian and environmental photographer, I work with a variety of types of client with one thing in common: they all want to make the world a better place. This includes development organisations, companies’ corporate citizenship / corporate social and environmental responsibility departments and private philanthropists.
Some humanitarian photographers communicate terrible visions of despair: of people in pain, diseased, starving and dying. The assumption somehow seems to be that this is what the market wants. I, however, prefer to communicate hope because I believe in the resilience of the human psyche and our common determination to triumph over adversity. It really takes a lot for any of us to give in and wait for death to swallow us, though we may sometimes need others’ assistance to help us reach our full potential.
Rather than seeking to sell to a news market that demands tragedy and horror, I prefer to contribute to the campaigns of those that want to make a difference. By communicating a vision of hope, I feel I can strengthen the messages of those who help the disadvantaged secure empowerment, restored dignity and a belief in a better tomorrow.
My interest in environmental issues connects strongly with my humanitarian agenda and people-related expertise. My work takes place at the interface between planet Earth and the societies that populate her. I am particularly concerned about climate change, which has already begun harming poorer countries before others, thereby posing a great threat to their hopes for development. In these parts of the world, greater numbers are exposed and defenceless, such as those who live in sprawling slums that spill onto vulnerable floodplains and those who live on small islands just a metre or two above sea level. These people are less likely to have a safety net in the form of insurance, savings and alternative livelihood possibilities.
When disaster strikes, the damage is not only environmental; by extension, it is also social, economic and political as pressures on natural resources become compounded. Spin-off effects, in the form of increased migration and water-related disputes, for example, could very easily lead to conflicts in future, perhaps even violent clashes. There is therefore a clear need, as is increasingly being recognised, to incorporate environmental issues into the development agenda.
Through my photography, I support those who contribute towards meeting this need through activism, corporate environmental responsibility programmes, awareness campaigns and climate change adaptation strategies.
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