Strolling thru Masindi yesterday I visited the Hospital, a kitchen and water station per se. The hospital is a difficult place to photograph, even with permission. I had a conversation last night with Michael and Amanda, as well as one with a Peacecorps volunteer about photographing in Uganda, or more specifically, developing nations. Is it appropriate to photograph people here? Is it a violation of their dignity and privacy? Is it wrong to expose the life here to the western world, or is it best to keep it sheltered? It’s a multifaceted, perennial question I have wrestled with and am still wrestling with. The one thing I know is that you have to be sensitive to people and see them as that, people, not necessarily just dramatic subject matter.
A young HIV positive boy at the Masindi Hospital. Both of his parents have passed away.
The journalist in me says that is okay and necessary to illustrate life here for others to see and get insight into a world that many may not ever experience. I think there is a responsibility to bring awareness, in a respectful manner, to issues and injustices. But where do you draw the line?