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Photo by Susan Russell

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Recently there was a comment made about a photo of mine, suggesting that I shouldn't forget the poverty that exists everywhere and that in the U.S. we have poverty too. I want this commenter to know that I understand what was being said and I am very aware that poverty is a global issue. My husband and I have an organization that has raised significant amounts of money for our local food bank over the last 10 years. We have also supported organizations like a Heifer International, but I have chosen to highlight these people because in the U.S. and particularly in California, we only hear two stories from the mainstream news media about Mexico. Illegal Immigration, drugs and violence are the stories that Americans are fed every day. This has created a lot of ignorance and fear and anger toward our southern neighbors. I want people to know that the above mentioned issues are not political issues, but human problems. That the poverty in Mexico or anywhere is not separate from us who are more fortunate. In the U.S. we have social services that provides resources so that no one should truly go hungry. Here we have clean water available at any drinking fountain in any public park. These are things us Americans take for granted. I'm hoping to tell a different story to foster understanding and encourage others to have more compassion and either take action or just have more gratitude in their own lives. I tell these stories because I was a witness to them, and feel I have a responsibility to share them. As a photographer, I become a witness to things like this and can honestly only share from what I've seen and experienced. Fortunately there are others in every corner of the world photographing and witnessing what exists in front of them. Photojournalism landscape bajacalifornia Mexico beyond the border documentary Beautiful border stories project esperanza child poverty Beauty Redefined Documentary Photography Showcase April The Photojournalist - 2016 EyeEm Awards
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