by Steve West on May 31, 2020
For decades the camera has been used to show the world, crimes and atrocities that were meant to be hidden. The US is again in turmoil from the anger and frustration of yet another black man being killed at the hands of the police caught on a phone camera.
"Racism is not getting worse, it's getting filmed." – Will Smith
That got me thinking about these pictures of my friends Keelan and Nick I took last September. All of us as photographers, use our cameras to make all or some of our living and it’s an amazing tool for telling a story. Nick is downtown here in Atlanta participating and documenting the protests for George Floyd. While I can’t be there voicing my frustrations, I can think of how I can use my photography to tell a story. Have you turned off work and taken your camera out to tell a story lately?
Used properly, a camera can change a paradigm and the world.
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When I started my career as a graphic designer over 20 years ago, the thing that excited me most was getting to work with photographers. I’d studied photography in college and understood the basics. But working side by side with them on projects, that’s where the real learning happened.
In 2015 I stepped away from the marketing and advertising world and focused on my new jewelry company. This gave me the opportunity to travel and do more photography. Instead of standing off to the side, I'm behind the camera telling stories.
Based in downtown Atlanta, I'm able to travel throughout most of the south within a few hours. And it doesn’t hurt having the world's busiest airport just a few minutes away.