Today I encountered what camera can do which I have never thought how harsh and cruel it is.
There is one person whom I admire as a photographer is Kevin Carter who took an astonishing picture of starving child in Sudan which received Pulitzer Prize 1994. It also sparked a controversy of praises and critics, after receiving the Prize he committed suicide.
This is the one of the photo drives me to see and know the world and now I am a photographer who have a similar conscious that to inform and share the reality of the world.
He was mired of the reality of poverty, war, starve, violence, cruelty and reality. I thought what is the most important is to share the reality that normal people can not see, hear and watch or ignore.
Today, I met a boy who is in bare foot asked me some money (5MT/$0.1) for water. Instead of giving money I talked with him. He is, seems like about 10 or so, living with his uncle who doesn’t have a job and can not afford to go school. He says everyday wonders around the city to look for something worth or ask for food.
At the end of the conversation I gave him 10MT and would ask for taking picture of him to share my friends But all the sudden there is something I have never felt came to me and was posed. And ask myself, do I want to take a picture of him or just want to share to score “Likes” on SNS. Definitely someone would give me them but what is the purpose for? What he thinks if he is exposed, would he think himself as a pageantry. Could not even take a camera out from my bag… Plagued what is the purpose of the picture.
I think the is no terminal to get off on this rail but it was great moment for me to consider about this issue and still straggle to find a way. Thankfully, I have an opportunity to visit a refugee camp next so let see what I can and feel.