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Tea with the Tuareg

My Scholarship entry - A 'place' I have visited

Morocco | Monday, 14 January 2013 | 5 photos

It is said that a picture speaks 1,000 words, but the beauty of these words is that they speak every language. Photography transcends social divisions, being accessible to all, whether educated or not. Photography doesn’t discriminate across gender, class or status. I love that photography can portray the hidden beauty of the world, so often marred by negative media portrayal. It can also work in reverse, illuminating the reality of a situation covered up by leaders. As a teacher who regularly takes students to developing countries, photography has allowed me to bring the world into my classroom, opening young minds. This is also what drives me to take a better shot. Beauty is one thing, but capturing the essence of a moment, freezing emotion to preserve the atmosphere, can provide insight into the true beauty of a person, place or culture. I want to use photography to inspire cross-cultural awareness, encourage social justice and celebrate diversity. I want to break down stereotypes and expose the reality of remote places as I believe that awareness is the key to eliminating prejudice. Although I love photography, I need to learn from an expert, and apply the skills immediately.

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