Chris’s greatest photographic passion is Humanitarian Photography.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.
Micah 6:8 (NIV)
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been
waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Barack Obama, U.S. President – Elect
“The purpose of any charity is simply to turn people’s mirrors into windows. An outward view of the world’s needs are vast in comparison to an inward one.”
― Shannon L. Alder
“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge . . . is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound, purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.”
Bill Bullard, Educator
We can take a picture that communicates, one where we can see the problems and the people from around the world. We show the people of Bangladesh to others so they can understand them. I have tried to bring about better communication between people. I believe that humanitarian photography is like economics. Economy is a kind of sociology, as is documentary photography. – Sebastiao Salgado
Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer’s Forum