Too often, the general vision of poor countries and oppressed peoples is provided by the white male gaze and viewpoint. People - journalists, photographers and tourists - from the US come to Mexico for example, for two weeks. And it is their US-centric version of the world that makes its way into the English-language media... Continue Reading →
Jonathan Josué Terreros Monteros is an indigenous Otovalan surrealist photographer and digital artist who is challenging the stereotypical portrayal of his people and capturing their true essence, cultura, and traditions. His work can be found on Instagram and Facebook. And here's a preview of a few of his works, below.
In the giant main square of Isfahan, two women eating saffron ice-cream came up to myself and a friend and asked us where we're from. We replied, and with huge smiles they said "Welcome to Iran!" then walked off. Over the next week this sort of thing happened frequently, and sometimes extended into questions about... Continue Reading →
A lot of people on social media are doing the 7-day black and white photo challenge, so here are some more creativity-provoking photo challenges to try. After you're done, you could even use them as story prompts or for mini writing exercises (with a vignette for each photo). Note, for these you could do one... Continue Reading →
...or just photographing life. Lori L. Simpson describes herself as a "writer, artist, proud Texas native and human being- who happens to have disabilities". For now, Simpson is living in an assisted living centre.
Eva Haule is an activist who spent 20 years in prison, including time in solitary and on hunger strike. She said photography "filled the emptiness". Day after day, seeing the same things, photography gave her the opportunity to see more or to look at things again, differently. In her photos, prisoners are humanized again, and we... Continue Reading →