Tonite I sit with a mountain of emotion evolving inside my head. It feels like a storm brewing and taking shape into a massive tornado of feelings and energy. It has been just over a month since our Cameras4Change team returned from the whirlwind of work that was Kenya. Leading workshops, filming a documentary, doing interviews, hearing stories that cut to the bone, drama and trauma in real time and real life. Since that time it has been luckily slow in my “day job”, giving me a chance to edit and go through all the coverage and footage we shot. Allowing me to edit and process, process and edit. It feels like it has all hit me tonite as I receive little snippets of insight back from our story editor as he begins to peice our doc together. Quotes that are beginning to bare the truth through sharing often begin to make more sense and take on deeper meaning when they are recognized for the power that they hold as another set of eyes and ears hears the messages. I cannot begin to express the importance of what we were allowed to witness, of what we were bestowed with in terms of the lives of others, their stories, their history, sometimes from thier hidden archives, sometimes so raw and evident it had not choice but to explode in the air.
However much they had been through, whatever travesties life had set upon their young lives, we were also able to see thier joy at experiencing something so new to them, and yet so simple, holding a camera, taking a photograph, making art with images and words, connecting with each other and equally important, with themself. That is the power of photography, that is what I wanted to accomplish when I set out to formulate Cameras4Change, so it is so gratifying when you see the gold of what is possible. The amazing thing is that our team is doing the work that we do to bring relief, opportunity, experience and transformation to those that would not normally have the chance to use cameras, but whatever way we shake it out, we are also effected deeply by the experience and it alters our lives profoundly.Thank you Kenya, thank you world.
PS: We will keep everyone posted on the process of the documentary as we continue to move forward on it!