It's amazing how powerful images can be and it's even more astounding when political change and action takes place because of those images.
A friend of mine posted an article on social media and I was captured by the title of the piece in the New York Times called "Marcus Bleasdale: When Photography Campaigns for Change," - mostly because this is the type of photography I love and aspire to create.
The article highlighted the fact that Marcus was selected as the latest recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club, which recognizes exceptional courage in published photojournalism for his work on the Central African Republic for Human Rights Watch and National Geographic. It was a year and a half in the making, documenting the failure of a state and how that failure impacts a population.
It was moving, inspiring and insightful in a lot of ways. He notes that if photojournalists are going to sustain themselves in this day and age, then they are going to have to become more creative with how they get their stories out to the public and that's really how he came to work with humanitarian organizations. There are many ways to tell a story and impact change. You just have to look outside the box and away from the traditional media outlets as the only source of spreading a message.
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."- Mahatma Gandhi