Wanda // Redzyńskie, Poland
Stanislaw, 70 // Redzyńskie, Poland
This all started with words, said our guide at Auschwitz-Birkenau. So tell me, I said, as we neared the end of the tour of the memorial museum, what do you find is the biggest misconception that people have, the thing most people are surprised to learn when they visit? It is that it wasn't 'just' the Jews. Yes, it was mostly Jews, but they don't realize that it was Poles, and Roma, and Soviet POWs, and prisoners from other ethnic groups. And it started because the things that were said about these people were repeated so often that people started believing them. Do you think, he continued, that all of the 8,000 workers in this camp were fanatics? No. Things could have been done. People could have been moved. But why would they when it was easier to sit in the tower and not risk anything? But you always have a choice. You can choose. // I've heard people compare the current American political climate, I have found inklings of fairness, but also inklings of hyperbole. After today, I realize fully, that there is nothing hyperbolic about it. I don't think anyone with even the most basic shred of human decency, or emotion, or empathy, or kindness, or morality could spend any time at Auschwitz-Birkenau and come to any other conclusion. They lied. They tore apart families. They shamed ethnic groups. It all started with words. You always have a choice. And you can choose. // There was genocide before, and there has been genocide after. There will be more genocide in the future. But today we all came together at this memorial to understand better, and there is hope in that, and so ends the tour.
The snails of rural Poland ditches. // #helios44_2 #documentaryphotographer #snail #slowandsteadywinstherace
“A Girl and Her Dog” is another language Oliwia, age 9, have in common. #poland
We are in Poland for Habitat work, and my new friend Oliwia, picked some flowers from her yard for me. Her English is but little and my Polish be but none.”, and yet every girl it seems to know the sign language alphabet. This is how we do words our ears do not understand. #documentaryphotographer #travelingphotographer
“It was $50 a night, which is my price point. If it costs any more than that, nothing interesting is going to happen.” - @richardbuckner setting the stage for North Lima, Ohio
I took 21 years to finally see him live. // Devotion + Doubt was my summer soundtrack that year, its sparse simplicity lending itself well to the long drives I’d make back and forth across the plains states. There was always just enough tension in his voice to send my thoughts down an unrelated path of “what ifs” and “if onlys.” In sadness, his melodies were my empathetic best friend, pouring me another shot of whiskey and inviting me to tell him all about it. In happier times, they were the sigh that comes after chord finally resolves. // It was worth the wait.
After a long week of photography at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project last week, I decided I needed some quiet time in the forest. I’m an introvert, and being “on” amongst hundreds of people for a week straight can take its toll on me. I went to a favorite spot in the hopes I’d find some warblers or birds of prey to photograph, but the water source had dried up since my last visit. So instead of sitting in the bird blind, I went out for a hike and played with the Helios and some still life. #helios44_2 #canonphotog
My first cover photo for @habitatforhumanity Magazine! Print your photos. I love being able to my hold my work and my photos in my hands. It’s a feeling you can’t get from your phone or a USB. #printsmatter