There‘s been a place missing in my workflow for awhile. A space to pair photos + words, to weave narrative images together in longform. My interests and perspective on photography have shifted significantly and then again. This will be an outlet to document and inspire those evolutions. I‘ll start with some work that is meaningful to me.
Water.org is working to provide clean water access and sanitation across the world. I‘ve been fortunate to photograph their efforts for a number of years, finishing each project more inspired and passionate about this cause than before. Solving the water crisis is important in the abstract, as a general idea. It‘s important and seemingly plausible. It becomes critical and necessary, though, when you meet the families this crisis impacts and momentarily place yourself in the daily struggle of life without water, carrying the solemn comfort that you are just a visitor.
Our most recent project ended a few weeks ago. We traveled to Lima and worked in that city, Huancayo, Piura and Sullana.
It works like this: Water parters with local lenders who lend money designated for water and sanitation improvements to those in need. This loan of one-to-several hundred dollars is almost always lent to a woman, who holds primary responsibility for water supply. When the improvement is made, there is less time spent collecting water. Free from that burden, the woman is able to gain and retain employment. Income generated goes toward loan payments, providing for the family, and independence.
It's inspiring to photograph the results. Quietly photographing as monitoring interviews are conducted, I see pride on her face and hear excitement in her voice.