Stories Worth Sharing
Starting a friday tradition here on the blog to share some of the most compelling stories we’ve come across in the week. Check ‘em out…
Phenomenal video from NPR about a program called Magdalene in Nashville, Tennessee which helps former prostitutes rebuild their lives. Their motto is Love Heals. The video is beautifully shot on a DSLR, which is what we shoot on as well. Many photographers are moving into video because they see a seamless transition between their stills and video. We can still think aesthetically about what we are capturing as if we are taking photos, but bring the viewer into a more intimate relationship with the subject matter by incorporating motion, sound, and determining how long they see the image. Here is an interview with the Stephen Alvarez, the photojournalist who shot the piece.
“Photo essays are wonderful things but they are not so good at providing nuanced information. Film can do that and provide emotional impact.” -Stephen Alvarez
The Big Picture posted some incredibly powerful images of the communities affected by the tornado in the south. I will be heading to Alabama in a few weeks and will hopefully have the time to photograph the recovery effort. Thankfully none of my family members in Mobile, AL were affected. My heart is with those who were.
Check out this month long photo project which aims to represent Nairobi in a way that focuses on the diversity of individual perspectives and the rhythms of daily life in the Kenyan capital. The nuance shown in this project is absolutely critical in a media landscape which often lumps all of Africa, a continent 3x the size of the US and imagines it as one homogeneous, distant place. My good friend Kate Otto wrote a great blog post about this today.
“We are trying to go beyond the single story of Africa, by exploring in a nuanced way the lives that are lived in a fast growing fast changing African city. Much of the media focus on Africa is as a locus of war, famine and disease. While these are important stories they are not the only stories to be told. Complex, challenging, inventive and creative lives are being lived everywhere in Africa. You wouldn’t go to a banquet and only talk about the salt. Why should we only talk about the troubles?” Brendan Bannon, Daily Dispatches.
Thanks to duckrabbit for sharing this project.