i am not going into photojournalism to take pretty pictures. i am not going into photojournalism to achieve financial security. not for the prestige. not for the pleasure.
i am going into photojournalism because there are stories that need to be told. there are invisible children. there are invisible people, invisible nations. there is human suffering, there is injustice. atrocities we can choose to ignore. i want to make it more difficult for you to ignore. i want to make
it more difficult for me to ignore. i want to be so immersed in the
reality of it all, that i can’t just go home and forget about it.
i think im growing up–im realizing that not everyone is called to this. there are people whose callings include affluence, maybe. people in nice homes in nice cities doing God’s will. people who are good and real and right.
God, dont let me neglect my calling.
and dont let me forget your people.
a life wasted is not a life worth living.
id rather die there doing what i am called to do.
than live here as a coward and a slave to comfort.