Today I came across the following video which tells the story of two street photographers taking a different approach as they photograph the Tenderloin neighbourhood in San Fransisco – an area that is often known for being a rough and dangerous part of the city.
Photographers Brad Evans and Travis Jensen share in the video about how some street photographers have photographed that neighbourhood in a way that focuses upon the negative aspects of the area and that exploit the people there in the way that they go about their photography – but with their project they wanted to photograph the neighbourhood in a way that respected everyone that they photographed.
The other aspect of this book and magazine project that emerged from this is that profits were shared with a community group to put something back into the neighbourhood.
Comparison, as they say, is the thief of joy. And we COURT that thief. We BEG her to come into our lives by following blogs and Facebook feeds and message boards and looking at other people’s greatest hits all day long. I mean, I get it. I do the same thing, and it makes me batty too. We all need to stop.