Personally, the world is really turning inhumane and materialistic. Everyone is running around trying to achieve some materialistic ideal, which actually has no real importance for them, but they just want to attain the item/ideal anyways. I feel as if in this growing materialistic world, humanity and love is being lost. Prime examples are the Gaza crisis that occurred very recently in Palestine. Further, we always hear these family members committing murders because they despised another family member. Since I am in the criminology program, I always hear about these types of things. This really hurts me as an individual because people are really forgetting to become loving and humane. I really want people to be treated as individuals themselves would want to be treated. I really care about humanity that is losing between individuals and I want people to realize that life is not just about attaining things. Life is about respecting every individual and living in a peaceful world. This is what I truly care about. If everyone accepts this notion and reintegrates humanity in their lives, even if it starts off from smaller aspects, then life would be a much better place, for everyone. No one would be dying, especially little innocent children that have no intent to harm anyone. No one would be losing family or friends, especially that one mother who struggled and tried to raise her kids by meeting every days meet. Life would be better if humanity was awaken again, for everyone.
I care about using photography as a means for change. I am very passionate about the subjects that I photograph, and this always inspires me to push further. My birth photography work started in conjunction with my doula work, accompanying women during childbirth, and documenting the experience for them. This has made an impact in two ways: First, documentation of a vulnerable moment in a woman's life allows her access to it afterwards, to process what happened. Often the births I attend are full of love and support, and women feel proud and empowered by the experience. Having documentation of this makes it even more real for them, and they can relive the moments again. Sometimes, it's a matter of catching moments from an observer's perspective, moments that they might not have even remembered, as they were experiencing it from a very different perspective. Another way these birth images have been making an impact is by showing women what actually happens during childbirth. For the most part, a woman preparing for childbirth, or hoping to get pregnant, has never been to a birth, and has no practical experience or knowledge about what actually happens. My photos have been helping women prepare for childbirth. These photos have changed women's thoughts about childbirth from fear to excitement. Birth is not something to dread. Women's bodies are not incapable. They were literally made to do this. They are powerful and capable. I would like to continue photographing birth, and hope to travel in order to document the differences in birthing around the world. Birth is on the cusp of change. It is in need of change. Women (and their partners) are speaking up about their right to birth where they want, attended by who they want, and under the circumstances that they want. Birth statistics are incredibly disastrous right now, and I hope through photographing the different birth cultures around the world I can help create a more balanced, positive, and inclusive birthing culture for women and their children.
I have had a colorful and diversified work history which has brought me to meet so many different people from all around the world right here in my own back yard. . However I have travelled little outside of Canada. Born in Montreal, in the early sixties, youngest of seven children, we were poor but I did not know it. Life was simple, we traded clothes between us, we heated the house with coal, we did not lock our doors, and you knew it was time to go home when the street lights came on. Life was simple, people trusted each other...and I think what I learned then, is how I really choose to live my life now...simply!!
What I care about is People - the human spirit and what it makes us do for one another, how we need one another, how we love and care for each other unconditionally. However now life in it's simplest terms is...well not so simple, it is not trusting the neighbour, it is locking every possible possession, we no longer have a use for the doorbell, we "socialize" and interact in a very different way.
I have learned that people want two things in life the most. To be heard, and to be loved. Even in death we want our say, we want people to talk about us, we want our favourite songs played and we would like if possible for many friends to attend our last farewell. And during our time here on earth, we want love, to be loved and loved back. This is the one thing that has not changed, we need to care and to be cared for.
I was a funeral director and embalmer for a period of time and I presently work in health care where I see what family, friends and loved ones mean to one another. There is nothing as deep and profound as when someone you love is sick, or dying. But what about all the in-between times, the sunday afternoon family gatherings, sitting around and talking and telling stories, yes to some degree I am sure it does still happen. But more and more we are not sitting face to face and talking, what will the future bring for relationships for both family and friends. I am not one to worry about what will be, however I do wonder and care about what human relations will look like in the future.
Everywhere I look , there are stories. We all live within a story and from time to time change our entire life because we heard a story that shook our being to the core. Those are the stories that I seek , the ones that we thought never existed , never thought of as possible, thought of as not important, or just down right ludicrous. Well, I know of people who have such stories to share and have most certainly empowered me with their words, and I believe that if I share their stories with the world, the world WILL change.
Photo Submisssion : Dee, North Vancouver