I’ll rather stare at a single photograph that has the depth to make me cry, than an entire portfolio of random poses that bore me to death. That being the difference of quality over quantity. – Filmalter
Another PhotoQuotes.com quote that sums up how I felt this afternoon.
Today I went to see a documentary photo exhibit at the UBC Bookstore called “Along the Way”. It was created by Light and Love Home, a charity dedicated to providing education, shelter, food and safe spaces in various locations around the world. The woman who created these amazing works of art is actually an amateur photographer who volunteers with the charity. I’m so incredibly impressed by her skill in capturing such a depth of feeling and need in her subject matter.
I’m not joking about photography making me cry. The above photo was the first one I saw at the exhibit. The caption said that these 3 kids were abandoned at a Nepalese brick factory by their father after their mother died. Underneath was a new photo, taken a year later, of the same girl now smiling and healthy. She and her brothers live at an orphanage sponsored by Light and Love Home. A volunteer came up to me to ask if I had any questions, and I actually choked up and started crying. Thank goodness Alison (we introduced ourselves afterward) was patient because it took me some time to recover my composure. I did not expect that at all. Something in that diptych struck a chord in me; it still does. I can feel the tears welling up while I write this.
If you’re in the Vancouver area, I highly suggest you take a trip out to UBC to see these photos. Yes, it’s a bit of a trek just to see about 14 photos, but it was such a powerful experience for me. The exhibit is just outside the UBC Bookstore for the rest of this week from 10 AM to 4PM