13 comments on “Negotiating Extremes

  1. The first part of your post had me in tears, while the second part had me smiling at my computer screen. You are a truly gifted writer and photographer.

    • Thank you for your kind words Katie. The end goal of both a writer and a photographer is to move people- so the fact that you responded to the post means a lot to me. I appreciate your encouragement. 🙂

  2. Great post! Your words took me back to when I was training to become a volunteer in Niger. We were told that during our service we’d experience some of the worst moments of our lives, but also some of the best. And it was true. It’s painful to grapple with the contrast between life in Niger and life back home. It’s entertaining to get a taste of what celebrities must feel like when they’re hoarded by fans and paparazzi. And overall, it’s some of the most rewarding work on Earth. These people who are the poorest of the poor are able somehow to find more joy than you can imagine.

  3. Extraordinary! Simply extraordinary. Too much to digest in one post, perhaps.

    The wide angle shots were standouts to me.

    in reference to your feelings at the beginning of the post..have you read Paul Theroux’s Dark Star Safari and do you have any thoughts on it to share?

  4. one of my favorite blog posts from you, ever. that’s saying a lot, cos i richly enjoy all you share here. this SO needs to be published in as broad a context as possible. the combo of your photography, which is so brilliant here, with your words, is top notch. the wide angle shots are STELLAR.

    maybe this resonates with me more than posts because i can relate so much to the “feeling like a fraud”…the white girl with the camera among the starving masses, the overwhelming-ness of thousands of the sick. but what i love most is the fingerprints of god all over this story…bringing you a pure celebration of joy and love to lift you out of the mourning for the broken.

    well done. thanks for sharing this.

  5. There is nothing more inspiring that going through your blog. Living in my ivory towers it helps me clear my muddled head and perceive the true reality. It is also inspiring to see those smiles on the guys on the field and i guess it is the happiness of having made a difference to the world.
    And by the way u are damn good photographer and an even better writer.

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