More than just a photographer

Nikon D5, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG Art, ISO 100, ƒ/1.4, 1/800

I can relate to these boys in so many ways. What they are thinking I am not sure, but they do make me think of feeling alone even tho there are people around me.

The reasons these boys may feel isolated is quite different than my own isolation. They are living in one of the poorest nations on earth–Togo, West Africa. When you go into their homes they don’t have a closet with many outfits and shoes. This maybe the only thing they have to wear or maybe one more outfit.

When I would peek into their kitchens I saw no food.

So we might interpret their expressions as related to their poverty and hunger for food. However, I believe that people hunger for true friendships that are deep with roots that bind them to others.

Togo, West Africa [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art, ISO 5600, ƒ/5.6, 1/100]

 They are looking for nourishment that comes from deep within people.

Togo, West Africa [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art, ISO 100, ƒ/4, 1/500]

When people have deep relationships with friends, they have wells within them that are overflowing and able to glow and give to others. Here you see these guys who are friends that exude happiness.

Togo, West Africa [Nikon D5, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG Art, ISO 450, ƒ/1.4, 1/250]

I continue to find those with wells complete in the houses of worship. These people search beyond what people can give to them for even a relationship that will sustain them even more.

What I love about my profession is capturing all of this and helping to direct people to know where to find that living water that refreshes the soul. It comes from being able to be open and honest with your friends. They know your flaws, and you know theirs. It comes from God, who forgives and seeks a relationship with you.

When people see me as a photographer, I feel isolated. When they see me for who I am and not what I do, I really connect.

I use many different skills from my studies of Social Work, Education, Theology, and many experiences to help people connect to the world in which they live. My ultimate goal is to connect people to deep relationships with others, and I also hope to God.

Who am I? I am looking for another person to go through this life together. I will need many people to make this journey exciting and new.