Photo Journalism is something that has always fascinated me. May be someday I will just pick up and start doing it. Read this stuff and thought should share.
The worse part about this job is that we can feel the pain and grief of others. We are often met by those who think we are cold and callous because we are able put a camera in the face of a grieving person. What they don’t know is that even if there were no judgmental people standing around making judgments of us and our jobs, we would still be uncomfortable because we will always be making judgments of ourselves.
So why do we take these kinds of photographs, and what purpose do they serve?
As journalists, it is our job to go out and experience things for those who are not present, and sometimes capture the story in just a single photo. We let them know if it was happy, sad, hot, cold, surprising or boring. We have to sum up a situation and decide what photo would tell this story best.
It is not always going to be happy. But even the most graphic photographs can serve some purpose. These types of photographs remind us to buckle up, not drink and drive, check our smoke alarms and even to appreciate our local volunteer firefighters, like Eddie House.