After viewing your presentation I have realised that everything that happens in the world is better viewed in pictures rather than words. When I am reading about the current wars happening in the back of my mind I am always wondering if it is the truth or just what the governments want you to know. Most of the photos we see from the wars now are set up to make the army look better or are so censored they could be taken from back in Australia with a few soldiers holding guns walking around, that is what I question.
Seeing the photo of the man with the slashes to his face shows only some of the brutality that some people go through. It is unbelievable that another human being could do something that horrendous to another person. Pictures like these hit you really hard because of the censorship that is usually put on them. When viewing the picture of the man shooting out the bedroom window you try to imagine that happening in your own house, shooting at your own neighbour. We take for granted that we will be safe at home. Unlike these people in Chechnya their homes are not safe havens but are battle fields.
When viewing the picture of the child playing on the destroyed tank you begin to wonder what goes through their mind. I wonder what they think it does, why it is here. I wonder if the child knows what that tank has done, how many lives and families it has destroyed. It is something that he is probably used to by now. You can’t begin to comprehend what it would be like to live in a place like that with war at your bedroom window.
When you where talking about what to do with your anger, how you had to channel it to your advantage, you had to clarify not cloud. It started to give me some sense of why you kept going to these places in crisis taking the pictures of the events taking place. At first I questioned why you would want to go through nightmares and re-livings of what you had seen. I imagine that you relive many of the horrendous things that you have witness...