They say that a picture paints a thousand words, and it is certainly true of some images. They can be iconic, and often become synonymous with major political issues or global events. From the black power salute by athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, to the toppling and destruction of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square by American troops, these images are viewed worldwide and often divide opinion and move people to action.
Photography continues to be popular and there are now a number of different styles – some of which are much more dramatic and thought-provoking than others. I recently read that Amy Lombard, a photographer based in Brooklyn, has taken a series of images that express the lives of the ‘couture dogs’ that have become popular among the elite in New York. The work she has named ‘Doggies and Tiaras’ features several pampered pooches dressed in all kinds of ridiculous outfits. It gave me a few laughs – but more importantly reminded me of the breadth of influence that photography can have.
The reason I believe photography is such a powerful tool is that it is difficult to hide the truth in a photo. Yet each individual can form their own opinions on the single moment that has been captured. What appears to be positive to one person could be perceived to have negative connotations by another – it’s all a matter of your perspective. That’s the great thing about photography, it allows us all to interpret these things in our own way. It’s personal.
This is definitely the case for those involved in our Voice of Image photography project, which is motivating photographers and viewers to explore post-war Sri Lanka and break down cultural barriers that previously led to war.
Take a look at our Crowdfunding campaign, coming soon, which is raising funds for the Voice of Image project. By supporting us you can help give young people in Sri Lanka a chance to affect their communities, build sustainable peace, and perhaps capture a photo that – like other photos before – is so powerful it creates social change and impacts the whole world.