I made my first trip to Liberia 2013 December.
My dear Liberia friend once describes her country:
"Liberia; a nation ravaged by a deadly civil war in which hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and millions displaced from their homes; infrastructure destroyed or abandoned; and the very fabric of society torn apart."
Although I was reminded every minute by lack of what I had taken for granted for my entire life: water, electricity etc.. What I was struck the most were Liberian's warms and vitality. To photograph a community or people is a very intimate process for me. If I want my subjects to accept me, I accept them first. If I want them (the subjects) to open up to me, I open up to them first. It is always very fulfilling but sometime exhausting process. I find myself very vulnerable as a person sometimes, while photographing people. During the trip, I have become a very close friend with one Liberian woman named, Comfort. She is my Liberian mother, she says. One time I asked her, why Liberian people are so nice. She paused for a moment, smiled shyly and said, " It is good to be nice".
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Photographer: Keiko Hiromi
Organization: FACE Africa
Exhibit Title: Liberia: Life after civil wars
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