Last week, I the pleasure of being interviewed by Photographers Without Borders editor, Jennie Pearson for a feature in the PWB Magazine. While I sat down with Jennie to talk about what lead me to document survivors of human trafficking and my upcoming exhibition in Maine featuring photos from my ongoing series "Faces Behind Atrocity"--but more importantly the message behind the work.
We need to recognize that every choice we make has implications that reverberate around the world. How we dress, what we eat, where we shop are all ethical choices that should be informed. I did not grow up being encouraged to think about issues of justice. The idea that my everyday choices could have dire consequences for people. People who grow my food and sew my clothing. Having worked with HAART Kenya and Just Love Worldwide, suddenly these people have faces—faces marked by suffering and pain because of my indifference, as are the many systemic injustices that perpetuate cultures of poverty and oppression. Acting justly everyday means developing awareness about the problems in the world. In the years to come, my hope is that when people talk about my work, they speak of the impact it had on inspiring action to end modern day slavery.