By Megan Ewing
Every photographer that travels with Photographers Without Borders, has the opportunity to meet some incredible people of different cultures with completely different ways of life, all over the world. When you ask a photographer "what was the hardest part about your project", usually, the answer has something to do with the people they met and worked with. Seeing the way the people of developing countries live, can be really hard, upsetting, shocking but also can bring inspiration and motivation.
A life experience, such as living with and experiencing the culture of a developing area, can open your eyes and motivate you to want to help more, do everything you can as a volunteer to raise awareness and giving them a voice while they inspire you with their simple ways of living (and sometimes survival) while remaining so positive and grateful for having what they do.
As someone who has now worked with several different cultures, and other photographers have said it as well, the hardest part about meeting the people of these areas, are the children. The children of developing countries, don't fully understand the issues being faced, the threat on their areas or that there is another way of life. But the children are what keep the communities positive and happy. Meeting children in these communities can be the hardest part of your journey, but also, can be the best and most memorable part.
With our magazine launch happening August 1st, we thought we would share our top 5 children portraits you WON'T see in the magazine (but are from the organizations being featured).
Here are the top 5:
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