"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." - Dorothea Lange

Friday, December 07, 2012

a more serious side

This morning my mind's been hovering over the treetops at St. Mary Kevin. I'm pretending I'm able to watch the children.

Probably one of the reasons I became a photographer in the first place is because I do like to watch people. I like to be in a my own safe space - quietly just looking. Situating myself behind a camera is a pretty good way to do this.

As I've gotten to know these children in Uganda better with each visit, they've begun to feel more comfortable letting me watch (and be with) them even when they are not in a happy place. I am lucky to be well trusted by them. It allows us to get even closer and develop deeper relationships.

Here are four of my very special young friends: Patiency, Tony, Oliva and Rosette. I'm thinking about them, especially, for some reason on this gray, dreary Kansas City morning.

1 comment:

Rick Stare said...

Stay with the thought and trust your intuition, Gloria. "For some reason" says that there IS a reason, there is a need of some kind. Perhaps it will become more clear, perhaps not, but I believe that we should always honor the power of our thoughts and trust that they do their work even though we might never be aware of the result.