These photos are part of a project to help raise awareness about unexploded ordnance in Laos. 260 million sub-munitions were dropped between 1964-73 and 80 million failed to explode. Each year there are still more than 300 casualties and many who do survive end up losing limbs. The survivors feel that educating people about this issue can help raise awareness and resources to clear the land, to provide medical care and to help reduce the risk for future generations.
I write and shoot photographs because I believe art can be one the most important mediums for exchanging dialogue and creating change. I am a former social worker and am passionate about human rights issues, environmental conservation and the empowerment of women and marginalized communities. I believe in using my pen and camera as grassroots tools to both honor hope and fight oppression in a nonviolent manner.