One of my favorite things about being a humanitarian aid photographer is the perspective I gain from witnessing a larger view of the world. The myriad cultures I experience and people I meet help me view the world in fresh new ways that I may not have realized before. Through my lens, I aim to share with viewers a compassionate perspective of difficult situations.
I love still images. They make the viewer stop, reflect, and partake of the image without the distraction (and sometimes chaos!) of what actually happened in and around the scene. I feel it’s my job as a humanitarian photographer to accurately report two sides of the human condition. The needful—sometimes desperate—side, and the selfless giving side. If I’ve done that and invoked compassionate action from the viewer, I’ve done my job well!
Working for an international relief organization, I often photograph people as they are going through a crisis situation. My goal is to be able capture those emotions and share them with the viewer. As much as possible, I want to let the viewer walk in the subjects’ shoes, to feel their deepest pain as well as their joy. Documenting the European refugee crisis caused me to consider, “What if this was my family leaving our world behind and risking everything, in search of peace?”