Tuesday, May 15, 2007
With all the media bombardment we get in this country, it's amazing how many significant issues/events there are that are happening and affecting us RIGHT NOW as human beings worldwide that we NEVER hear of.
Fortunately, the internet can connect people who've never met (and maybe never will)...
Today I received an email from David Bacon who appears to be a photographer and journalist. David enlightened me with the following message and attached photos (one of which is shown above) with descriptive captions:
NARIÑ0, COLOMBIA - Afro-Colombian families displaced by the expansion of oil palm plantations, and by Colombia's paramilitary and military groups who protect the projects, have created squatter communities next to mangrove swamps at the edge of Tumaco, a coastal city in Nariño department. Afro-Colombian communities fear the passage of a free trade agreement with the U.S. will lead to more displacement by similar foreign-owned development projects.
In Nariño department, Afro-Colombian families are trying to implement the 1991 Constitution and Law 70, which guarantees them the land on which they have historically lived. Many communities are trying to recover land taken by large landowners to create oil palm plantations.
Photo caption: A bus driver pilots his ancient vehicle through a recovered palm plantation.
This is the type of investigative photojournalism I aspire to do one day when the 40+ hours a week I spend climbing the corporate ladder is no longer part of my agenda.
Not knowing David at all, I can still see and deeply admire the passion and commitment he's made to give a voice to ethnic communities worldwide. See more of his work at http://dbacon.igc.org.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
During one of my frequent Google searches for Latin photographers I came across fellow Panamanian photographer Tito Herrera who actively works freelance for a variety of international publications and clients. Tito's shots of Panama give an authentic view of its rich culture and heritage. Check out his site at www.titoherrera.com
Through Tito I came across another Panamanian, Francisco Barsallo, who is an aspiring conceptual, landscape and fashion photographer. You can check his work out at www.franciscobarsallo.com
Francisco has a great series called "Acting Life" (see image above) that look like they could almost be stills from a movie. Although each photo depicts a different scene, there's a common thread (tragedy, pain, mourning?) running through these photos in the same way that the characters in the movies "Crash" and "Babel" were all interconnected. Francisco is truly a visionary and in my opinion this body of work can stand in competition with any of the fine art and documentary photos I've seen in Photo District News magazine. Bravo Francisco!
Posted by Qiana Mestrich at 5:46 PM