Monday, 26 November 2012

A Photographic Diary: Sally

"I've been taking photos for as long as I can remember, but the first time I truly fell in love with photography was when I travelled to Colombia in 2007 with the charity I worked for at the time. We were training human rights defenders to document the abuses occurring in their communities.

Not only were the Colombian people a delight to work with, but their features were exceptionally beautiful. Capturing not only their aesthetical beauty but also the trauma carved into their faces was a privilege, and a turning point in my relationship with photography.

One particular photo always stands out: it was of a 22-year-old girl called Yuri who told me how she had witnessed a massacre in her village, where men, women and children had been butchered with chainsaws. As an added cross to bear, people like Yuri who have indigenous indian features are considered to be unattractive, because in Colombia, beauty is determined by how light your skin is and effectively how 'European' looking you are. I thought she was beautiful."

A self-portrait...



Meet Sally


  1. Lovely photos and very much enjoyed reading about her trip to Colombia.

  2. lovely blog and photos!