When we hear that 300,000 people have died in an earthquake in Haiti, or that over a million Rohingya refugees are displaced in Bangladesh, it can simply be too much for our minds to comprehend. Yet that doesn’t deter us from wanting to engage. As photographers we often ask the question, how do we create images that make people care?
Humanitarian documentary photographer Alison Wright has spent a career finding compassion and hope in a world of chaos, and in this three-week online workshop she helps us connect with the universal human spirit through our imagery. Fully immersing ourselves in this process requires a dance of vulnerability, and the first step is learning how to build relationships based on dignity and respect.
During inspiring lectures, assignments, and critiques, we discover the art of creating intimate yet compelling images using light, composition, approach, and emotion to enhance our storytelling techniques. You have the opportunity to discuss ongoing projects as well as find and create new photos for social change within your own community.
For those who are still slowly transitioning back into the world, keep in mind that you don’t always have to fully engage with people to do a meaningful project. When a crisis came to her city, Alison found herself documenting the streets of New York City. Social change starts within, and your project can include a focus on family, animals, climate change, local effects of the pandemic, vaccinating, as well as the struggles to rebuild of your own hometown. This is an opportunity to break out your camera and engage your heart.