My name is John Arthur Brown. Photography began for me in 2014. I initially wanted to do video, but after finding out that street photography was actually a genre, I developed a greater interest in that, and ran with it. Eventually, I started to develop an interest in social documentary work, which seemed like a natural progression from street photography. The main subject that I've documented so far is protests and demonstrations. I've covered a good deal of them in Atlanta over the last few years. I also became interested in photojournalism and sent a portfolio to a press agency called Zuma Press. They don't send photographers on assignments, you find them yourself and the photos to the agency. It's very freelance, and a good way to get credentials when you need them. Over the past few months, I've developed a desire take my camera out into the world, to document the efforts of those who seek to make a difference, and to help them tell their story.
What makes you passionate about helping Honduras Child Alliance?
When I was in high school, I realized that no matter how things turned out, having an education would eventually be the thing that makes the difference. I felt like I had to go to school or else I wasn't going to make it at anything. If HCA is providing children with the educational tools to break the poverty cycle, then that is the story I would like to help them tell. I believe that education and opportunity are long term, sustainable solutions for poverty. HCA is an organization that seems to use this line of reason to guide its focus. I would love to help them tell the story of how they walk that line.
How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?
I would start by asking the members of HCA about the ideas that they had when they joined the NGO, and to show me in what ways they were going about seeing those ideas fleshed out. I would ask them to show concrete examples of how children's lives were changed by way of their work. I would ask them to show me what they do, on a day to day, hour by hour basis. As a photographer I have questions. I don't have the answers, but I would like to photograph them. That's where I come in.
What message would you like to send to your supporters?
That you are helping me to help others, and that this is a collective effort. You're contribution is evidence that while not one person can do all of the things, one person's contribution can do something. In the end, those we help, actually help us as well. It's an ongoing cycle.
“I get by with a little help from my friends”