This video is a sample of Photojournalist Micah Albert’s work in Africa. Watch it. Does it tell you a story? Though there are no words being uttered, do you understand the message she is trying to send?
To me, she is sharing a passion for the real story of Africa. She is trying to express that this sample of everyday life actually occurs every day and not just periodically as a show put on to gain sympathy from surrounding nations. Here, I encounter sadness and joy, interest and disappointment, awe–but a keen awareness of how detached I really am to that world.
Are these just photos of Africans to you? Are they anonymous faces?
These are people leading real lives, thinking genuine thoughts, and, most of the time, experiencing true pain.
Questions like these are what I believe photojournalists want to present to their audience; I also believe that the act of presenting the questions is but a first step in their overall purpose. Awareness is key, but action is crucial to induce change. These images are meant to tell the real story–to create an awareness powerful enough to spark action.