When I first saw a student-made video of the military’s violent reaction to protests in Venezuela, I questioned its validity that exposed the realities of the country’s limited freedom of speech. But as I partook in deeper exploration on the matter, I found that indeed protestors were being shot, and a corrupt government was asserting aggressive power to instill fear to quiet the nation.
I was confused by how a whole country could seemingly be in uproar, when here in the United States we are silent about these human rights violations happening just south of us. If we are a country who prides itself on its liberties of our voices, why don’t we speak out when injustices ensue. Instead, I often fall witness of viral Justin Beiber deportation posts instead of engaged conversations about the scandal of two dozen teachers facing unfair deportations in Dallas’ neighboring school district.
While Venezuela is suffering widespread government censorship from media and social networks alike, I question the longevity of America’s Freedom of Speech for a different reason. I worry our idleness and complacency about international affairs, systematic oppressions, and global injustice will result in widespread self-censorship. Our lack of interest may be our greatest blackout, silencing marginalized humans - which terrifies me more than the threat of a fallen democracy.
I took these photos this weekend at a protest outside the White House in DC that asked President Obama, “the leader of the free world”, to take action for Venezuela. The voice of these people stands strong, but the interest in these people as more than a spectacle was minimal.
I commend them for using their voice to fight suffering. And I encourage others to continue to seek and speak truth.
Driving away from the city, one can find the most amazing treasures.
A photographic representation of the chemicals used to treat fountains. Using a damage film technique, I shot underwater exposures of fountain water, then soaked the film in the liquid overnight.
Undefining Photography: Desert Window
With the ever increasing capabilities of technology, particularly in the photographic realm, we begin to question where the concept of the photograph begins and ends. In this series I explore how our photo manipulation capabilities coincide with the creation of digital art itself. When similar aesthetics can be created both in camera with post production and in pixels, merely distorting colors, we, at times, become unable to differentiate between the two.
Undefining Photography: Acetone Soaked FIlm
Undefining Photography: Inverting Architecture
Undefining Photography: Slow Shutter Subway