The allure of childhood - the thing we miss most once we’re grown - is the constant dreaming of the endless possibilities the future holds.
So many times when we talk about ethical storytelling we are caught up in the moment. .
I have conversations with people where we discuss how to avoid the immediate exploitation of someone while we capture their story.
We have conversations about learning their past and respecting their dignity regardless of the circumstances that brought them to this moment. .
But rarely do conversations about leaving space for the future happen naturally. I usually have to push us there. It’s not uncommon for me to ask, how does an image leave space for the subjects hopes and dreams? Does an image allow them to rise above and help us look beyond our preconceived judgments of their limitations and struggles?
This image is best presented in black and white. Because the chipped paint behind her and the slight dinginess of her pink coat are irrelevant to her story, are irrelevant to her hopes, are irrelevant to her joy.
The dreams she has, and her carefree potential still innocently unspoiled by the weights of the world... THAT is the story. . #stoppoornography