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Gathering my strength (Not giving up)

In Documentary work, fotocare, India on October 31, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Like usual it’s been a while since my last post but I have a feeling I will be picking up the pace very soon. After two years of wanting to do a project in India the time has come to do it. I feel like I could write a lot about perseverance and the act of not giving up. I believe to not give up is a concioius¬†choice. It’s easy to give it up and stop believing in whatever it is you once felt strong about. I’m the kind of person that when I get my teeth in I don’t really give up. That’s not to say I hang on with no hope. So a few years ago I was in India shooting for UN Women and I was made aware of migrant sugarcane workers and the challenges they face as they work in difficult environments with very little pay. I don’t want to go too far into it here but the bottom line is I’ve decided to go back to India to spend a month there between Nov and Dec/14.

I have been humbled and honored by the support I received to fund this project through an IndieGoGo campaign that I started. Close to 100 people contributed financially and many helped to spread the word on social media. I have never knowingly received that kind of support before and I feel a real responsibility to do a great job.

One of the things I like the most about being a photographer who travels and does projects like this is that I know there are a ton of images that have yet to be captured. I know they will be dynamic and cool, the experiences will be life changing but from here in front of my computer I can’t even imagine what they are.

Not many people will just give you something for nothing these days. Life is short and busy and complicated and, and, and… but some amazing people did just that for me. They have empowered me to do a project that is close to my heart.

I will be sharing a lot of the work from this project on social media via this blog, my Facebook site and Instagram. Follow along, lets see what happens.

I have been really lucky to have been sponsored for this trip by some photography companies. Without their amazing help I would be struggling to get the images I know I will be getting. So big thank you to:

Fotocare photo rental

Tamrac camera bags

Lexar Memory Cards

Zacuto for shooting motion on my DSRL

David