photographers who didn't step in to help

Started Jul 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
RomanJohnston
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I have stepped in.....many a situation.
In reply to evo82, Aug 1, 2012

That I was not photographing....but I would have to use a bit more sophisticated analysis than my "Moral Imperative" that so many here cry out for.

Often a photograph of something horrific is what is needed to elicit action from the sleeping masses.

We trudge along in our day to day, and a shocking picture can wake us from our daily coma and wake us to the idea that our "cocoon of a life" is not "all we are".

I know if what I were seeing was gut wrenching, it would be difficult to photograph, but I would hope that if I did, I knew intervening would make me a casualty of the situation the next best thing would be to record it for the rest of the world to see.

Remember...most of us do not change unless some kind of catalyst is introduced. It is not because everyone is lazy....its how we are wired, humans are creatures of habit. That's why so many of us only focus on our daily grind, and only when shaken do we "wake up". So this kind of photography is totally necessary.

I pity the poor photographer who has to witness such things and not do what their heart tugs them to do. I am sure the mental pictures and the energy of the situation at hand (being there) will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Roman

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