Unheard stories – Through the lenses
At times you come across works of people which forces you to take a step back, stop and think. These works open up a new dimension to your thinking and sometimes even your work.
I have been exploring photography since last couple of months. I came across lot of awe-inspiring work. I read about photographers who took some really stunning pictures for the sense of adventure, passion, money, etc. One thing, which I found common in most of these works was that they all captured the beautiful and the elegant. These pictures make you happy, inspire you for a moment to visit those places or take such pictures but are then soon forgotten.
I also had the opportunity to come across photographers who took pictures to tell stories about which normally the world isn’t aware. Such stories are often ugly and unpleasant. However, these people don’t shy away from it. They take pictures not to exploit the miseries but to string them into stories with which they wish to inspire the world, with a hope to bring some change or positive impact.
It is these works which forces you to re-think about what you are doing. It inspires you to give a greater meaning and purpose to your work. Here, I am including talks of three photographers whose work has really touched me.
Aron Huey: “My success is not measured in money. I have no financial security, I have no savings account. I measure my success by asking myself if I’m telling a story that the world needs to hear, if I am educating people.”Ted Page
Taryn Simon: With a large-format camera and a knack for talking her way into forbidden zones, Taryn Simon photographs portions of the American infrastructure inaccessible to its inhabitants.Ted Page
Brian Skerry: He has spent more than 10,000 hours, in last 30 years, underwater to tell the world the stories of the pressing issues faced by the oceans and the life in it.Ted Page