Hello denizens of the internet (and other, worldly people).
So nice of you to drop by.
Welcome to the very first post of Confessions of a Photographer. I'm Logan and I will be your guide through this thoughtful hodgepodge of art and photography. This blog will be dedicated to posting my current photographic projects and writing critiques of other photographs and related artwork. Social topics will be touched, emerging issues in the world will be spoken about, and toes will be stepped on but all in the name of art and photography.
So without further anticipation I would like to introduce...
This series is meant to talk about growing concerns about the civil unrest in the world today. I will be interviewing my subjects, asking them questions about issues around the globe that they feel should be addressed.
My first interview was with a close friend of mine, Liz Steele.
Liz is a skilled cosmetologist who cuts, styles, and dyes hair on a daily basis.
She has been in the business for nine years and has accumulated countless stories.
Liz explained to me this experience she had with a traditional Indian couple who came to her work one day. Liz sat her down and the Indian woman started to tell her how she wanted her hair done. The husband quickly interrupted and told Liz to cut her hair short like a bowl cut. Liz looked down at the Indian woman who started to tear up but nodded in acknowledgement to cut her hair that way.
"I felt so bad for her. He didn't even tip me."
Liz and I talked about the grave mistreatment of women around the world. Women are victim to a series of unforgivable violence in old-traditional countries around the world. We hear stories about female babies being left on playgrounds or being aborted because a culture believes that they do not have the same capabilities as a man in their society.
“In poorer countries female babies are suffocated with a wet blanket by their parents because females in the culture are unable to make money because of old traditions.”
“Men bring in the money in these countries so when a couple is married it’s usually arranged in some way. Families will sell their daughters into marriage to help lighten the finical burden.”
“It’s sad but I’m happy I don’t live in these countries. Even if a woman gets a chance at life they are grossly mistreated.”
“I wish they could just adapt their culture to give women freedom of choice.”
It's not a crazy new idea that around the world that women are mistreated for absurd reasons. Even in our own country we still have to battle the mistreatment of women but with acknowledging the problems we can make progress.
It's a Girl is a documentary that came out in 2012 to help bring to light the mass gendercide occurring around the globe. Most women in India and China won't make it past infancy due to old cultures and traditions. They are seen as property instead of a living, breathing, human life and it's pretty despicable what happens to these women if they even have the chance to make a life for themselves. They are subjected to horrible violence and are essentially forced to be indentured servants.
Two hundred million girls have been estimated to have gone missing by the United nations (1).
If you would like to see more about this documentary or help the cause, you can check out the trailer here: http://www.itsagirlmovie.com/
lachovà, Marie and Biason, Lea, Eds. (2004) Women in an Insecure World: Violence Against Women - Facts, Figures and Analysis. Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.