After "my" war, I realized that I need to continue doing news. In 2008 I developed "The Crossing Borders Project" That provides cameras to those who have little or no voice in the mainstream media. We are currently preparing the Haiti Project, where we will distribute cameras to locals who have a story they want to share. Please visit the Crossing Borders website, and help us with this cause.
Request for Participation
1) The Crossing Borders Project is looking for participants in the Middle East areas. If interested, please email or leave a comment on this blog and I will contact you.
2) I am looking for bloggers to come together to generate a LARGE voice on American topics to help wake up our country and solve our problems.
The "Crossing Borders Project" just finished the Florence, Italy project with American and Italian University students. Finished with Refugees and Palestinian Voices from the West Bank. The videos are posted on the CB website and on You Tube.
What is an ex- war photojournalist supposed to do after they are finished reporting on the wars? The media has changed, newspapers are closing and do not replace their photographers. If a photojournalist has a news job, they hold on to it with dear life and most of the time reporting on the things that our corrupt media will let us report on. They are paid by the big buck corporations, as is our government.
Times are changing. I still have the "need" to be involved in what is going on in our world with the conflicts, politics and news it is in my blood. I write about these things now as are so many others. I see injustice, corruption, senseless killings, changes in the U.S. laws and civil rights, corrupt foreign policies, censorship, attacks on journalists and whistle blowers and watch the arrests of photographers and journalists. I see fear in most of my fellow citizens eyes, the failing economy, failing health system, failing and unsafe food system and a threat to the very soil from pesticides and GMO's.
I see corporate pay-offs, CEO's hopping from one company to another receiving an enormous pay while taking more away from the already poor. I see only service jobs available with misleading employment numbers and delusion the American public.
I see propaganda likened to the days of Fascism increasing each day. What gets me, is that people are buying it. In the end, I started photography tours...with private and group instructions any takers?
For almost 9 years I covered the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians living, breathing the situation and smelling the olive trees. I moved to Florence, Italy, among more olive trees and continue to work on photography workshops, consulting and photography. My life is in a continual learning phase, at this time, I am trying to sharpen my documentary skills, do Italian weddings, Shoot in Food and Fashion!