Photographer Trip: January 18th to January 22nd, 2020.
Your pictures are your voice, and voices are needed to document a crisis that needs amplified.
On August 2019, I traveled to Brownsville Texas, to bring donations for immigrants at the border.
What I found was something that I had never seen, or heard about.
I felt kind of ashamed to learn that people like me, with a camera, can amplify voices that need help so desperately, but we are too busy, caught up behind the ins and outs of business ownership, and distracted behind wedding talk.
Personally, I think documentary outside our line of work enriches our development as photographers.
Here is where I thought, what if I bring t a group of photographers to document the insanity I witnessed at the border?
Those images can become the voice the thousands of asylum seekers, forced to live as homeless, while enriching our perspective as photographers and humans.
So I came up with a plan to bring a group of photographers to the border during January, after The Friend of Fearless Conference, and Photo Fantastico. Both in Austin TX.
Here is the plan:
January 18th to January 22nd, 2020.
– Drive from Austin TX to Brownsville on Jan 18th at 7am (6 hour drive)
– We will rent a house in Brownsville Texas.
(you can ride with me in the car, or arrive directly to Brownsville on your own)
– Day 1 (Jan 18th):
7am Drive from Austin to Brownsville TX (6 hour drive)
2pm Arrival to Brownsville TX
5pm Dinner + instructions
7pm Shopping and arrangement of items.
– Day 2 (Jan 19th):
9am Visit to the bridge: focus on hygiene items
11am Return to house
1pm Lunch + observations about taking action
3pm Assembling of dinner
5pm Visit to the bridge: focus on feeding the dinner
6pm return to the house
– Day 3 (Jan 20th):
8am Visit to the bridge: focus on observation
10am Return to house
12pm Beach trip + observations about storytelling
– Day 4 (Jan 21st):
11am Visit to the bridge: focus on children
2pm return to the house
3pm tour through the border
– Day 5 (Jan 22nd)
8am Return to Austin TX Airport
We’ll divide the cost of the house, car, and gas among everyone.
Each person pays for their food.
(Estimated cost: up to $500 per person + airfare)
Donations will be collected through a campaign with Worth Manifesto.
There will be an exposition of the images on display at the Fearless Photographers Conference in Greece, on March 2020.