On August 1, 2017, I arrived in Santiago, Chile. As a Fujifilm X-Photographer Ambassador, I was invited to be guest speaker at the brand’s official launch event in Chile. Once my engagements with the brand concluded, I stayed several days longer to spend time shooting local dancers.
One of the questions people ask me frequently is why do I photograph dancers in the streets. Why not the studio or the theatre or nature? Photographing on the streets of Santiago, brought a whole new meaning to that question.
I photograph on the streets because that is where the history happens. Where the past, present and future collide. Streets witness laughter, victories, defeats. They are the host of our collective memory. The streets are where we become one with the rest, with the world.
Chile, in particular, is a country where photography played an enormous role in defeating tyranny. So much so, that for a while photography was even censored in local media. Newspapers and magazines were printed with empty spaces where the photographs would normally reside.
Photographers would hit the streets daily, documenting the faces of the ones left in anonymity. As a community, their cameras became the strongest weapons against the oppressive system. When photography was censored in the media, they printed their own pictures and hung them on their necks, walking around as a living exhibits.
Walking and photographing in those same streets, I had big shoes to fill. I humbly hope the work I created in Santiago rose to the challenge honoring all the great photographers who put their lives on the line aiming for change.
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