In every war, there are the warriors and the victims
For nearly seven years, the region of Darfur has been ravaged by a bitter struggle between the Sudanese government and rebel forces, who have been demanding justice and a more equitable distribution of the country’s resources. Throughout the crisis, the government has aptly exploited age-old tensions between the impoverished African villagers who form the rebels’ base and the nomadic Arab herders who have been competing with them for what remains of the region’s arable land after decades of deforestation.
The victims of the war in Darfur are the 400,000 who have lost their lives and the 2,300,000 who have been uprooted from their homes. Terrorized by unspeakable acts of violence, they have fled by foot with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and sought refuge in one of the sprawling camps that can be found within Darfur or across the Chadian border.
For me it’s all about the moment, the moment, and the moment.
Photography is the most comforting measure of existence for me. It’s a chance to be accepted and to be of use. It’s a place where I can lose myself at any given time. During this brief period while I am looking through my lens, the only thing that exists in my world is my self and the subject.
Simplicity, clarity, beauty and contrast are elements I strive to integrate into my experience and perceptions as I see them through my lens. To me, a great picture happens spontaneously and there is often a strong connection between me and my subject that words cannot describe.
The forces that influence me may be physical or mental, like an enthusiastic reaction. It doesn’t really matter what the case may be, because in the end all that really matters is being able to capture a permanent visible impression to satisfy my own egotistical desires.
I don’t think a photographer should have to be labeled with a certain title unless he/she wishes to be placed in a specific category. I find this very difficult because I enjoy exploring all areas of photography -- may it be people, places or things, whatever strikes the fancy of my desire at that particular moment in time. Because it only takes a moment and BOOM!! RIGHT THERE! -- BEFORE YOUR EYES, something intense and incredible has emerged.
At that moment, you are forced to face the reality. The crazy thing about this is I may not be physically prepared to capture the picture, but the mental image will always remain in my mind.
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International Lifeline Fund www.lifelinefund.org
Charity Water www.charitywater.org
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United Nations World Food www.wfp.org
Refugees International www.refugeesinternational.org
Invisible Children www.invisiblechildren.com
Relief International www.ri.org