Seeing ourselves from the viewpoint of documentary photographs is different than the major news media’s images (extreme news, crime, suffering) or social media snaps (vacation pics, selfies, looking our best to impress friends). It includes photographs that show the way we are today. It shows real life.
Where can you see what real life in eastern Colorado looks like right now? That part of the state outside of the major Front Range cities (Denver, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs) where rural folks live? It’s an area I intend to photograph because I don’t even know what life is like there, and it’s minutes from my Boulder home.
The documentary photographer’s job is to photograph the ordinary as well as the extraordinary. It’s more than a news source, which covers the extremes of events—crime, natural disasters, war. It’s a window into our lives from an outsider’s objective point of view.
A willingness to look and see things that aren’t only attractive, not only how we want to be seen. But a view into who we really are.
There’s a view that there are so many photos uploaded onto social media a minute that photographs don’t matter anymore. I don’t believe that’s true. There are a thousand stories that are standing in the shadows, and they need to have a light shined on them, to have their stories told.
This project aims to do just that. With documentary photographs. It’s a different mindset than shooting clever street photography with humorous juxtapositions or geometric lighting patterns.
It’s seeking to see truth. If we dare to look.