Last night we discussed how we might use our photography to do good.
Sure you can build a business and make money with your talents, but what if you aren't exclusively motivated by money?
Our webinar looked at three examples of photographers who took their photography talents and merged with the causes they were passionate about. Here's a combination that might not save the entire world, but certainly save their corner.
Cristina Mittermeier saves her world through conservation photography
Cristina Mittermeier is a marine biologist who was dismayed when she saw the way animals were being captured around the world. She responded be creating a new genre -- conservation photography and an organization, the International League of Conservation Photographers. Now the iLCP's network of photographers work to further environmental and conservation through ethical photography.
Cristina tells her story during a B&H Photo Video presentation in New York City. View it here.
Joanne Taylor saves her world by promoting pet adoptions
Joanne Taylor describes herself as "ridiculously rescue friendly" so it shouldn't come as a surprise that she spends "about a third of her time working with different rescues either photographing adoptables or in a number of other volunteer capacities."
Joanne lends her talents through the organization HeARTs speak, which promotes pet adoptions.
Adam Levner saves his world by creating a new generation of photojournalists
Adam Levner was alarmed when he saw the difference between the education that wealthy students and those from low-income schools received. As a former 5th-grade teacher turned community organizer, he often struggled trying to convey the magnitude of the problems he witnessed.
Then he realized his camera was the tool he needed to make a difference. Even better, empowering the students to tell their own stories through pictures could be even more effective.
"I'm an amateur photographer and believe it is a very powerful tool for self expression and the arts," said Adam. "I also feel it is a way to engage students in a larger question about how they can change the world around them. Photography is one way to do that… to make sure their voices are heard."
Critical Exposure Year in Review - 2013
See Critical Exposure success stories at their annual gallery showing and reception
To learn more about what Critical Exposure students photographed and accomplished this year, visit their gallery showing and reception May 21, 2014 at the Pepco Edison Gallery - 702 8th St, NW. Washington, DC.
Are you using your photography to make a difference in your world? Are you considering it? Share your ideas and experiences in the comments.