I don’t think that that would be fair. When you put yourself in somebody else’s space, you involve yourself in someone else’s world. I think that to try to turn off those experiences after the fact would be wrong. You have a responsibility both to yourself and to your subjects to remember them.
This quote at the end really stood out to me… I don’t want to suggest that the journalism tracking work I have been doing is anything close to photographing the conflict in Gaza but the notion that once you begin to chronicle the challenges in other’s lives that you have a responsibility to them, really captures how this project has developed for me. People have let me into their lives, their struggles, let me bear witness and looked to me for guidance and support.
I owe them my best self, my best work - and to stay engaged with them and in this fight.
I’m still thinking and worrying about the many people I know on the east coast of America (and the thousands I don’t know further south in the Caribbean and beyond) who are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. It has been an incredible, and oddly detached-through-distance, week of looking through pictures and video at a place I know well and love which was struck by this storm. Good luck and strong recovery to everyone. (Photos is from ca 2006, on rhw Staten Island Ferry. “I See A Darkness” project.)