by Brynn Campbell
Can photography help fight stigma? I firmly believe it can. I think that by documenting social issues, not only does it inform and engage, it empowers the subject who is being photographed as well.
For the past year I have been photographing Tammy, a crack cocaine user who is infected with HIV. Throughout this project, I have come to the realization that photography can be a tool to empower others; it gives people a voice to share their story to the world. Photography can also invoke compassion and understanding. Photography can help bring light to the stigmas and attitudes that people have towards drug addicts and HIV.
During the process of making this video, Tammy started to push herself to get off her drugs. I had the opportunity to make a short video about Tammy’s recovery from drugs, and how society’s attitudes towards drug addicts only suppresses people further into isolation.
I am looking to share Tammy’s story to the world and I felt that agencies such as yours would benefit having this piece to educate and inspire others. If you would be interested in having a copy to share on your website or use for presentations, please let me know.
You can view the video on my website and let me know what you think!
Watch the VIDEO!
Thank you so much for your time,