TELLING PEOPLES STORIES….
I believe strongly that telling people’s stories – as personally as possible, and with as much empathy as possible, can aid humanitarian organizations gain the funding, raise the awareness and gather the leverage they need in order to help people – in whatever small way – to fight the hardships that life can throw their way.
I take this job incredibly seriously – and have honed the skills to do just this in a responsible and ethical way. I shoot both stills and video and believe strongly in personal audio oral histories where possible.
Assignments with a varied list of NGO clients (The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Action Aid, UNDP, The Ocean Conservancy, The Treatment Action Campaign, The Greater Good and MSF to name a few) have taught me to work quickly to make connections and gain people’s trust. I’ve learned that logistics in the field are flexible at best and problem solving – as you go – is a large part of the task. So to is working with a mixture of field coordinators, translators and marketing consultants.
Working in the humanitarian aid field is a large part of WHY I do what I do.