A Statement of Purpose

To me, my purpose is clear. My aim is to produce meaningful images that portray the human condition so vividly, and with so much compassion that it is hard to look away.  I have been given the rarest, most valuable opportunities to see how different people across the globe live, and what has impressed me the most is the voracious appetite of the human spirit for life, family, friendship and happiness.  These common denominators are what inspire my photography, and I plan to continue producing images like these for the rest of my life.  My photography is not a hobby, nor is it a career path to financial success.  My aim is neither to become famous, nor to profit on the plight of the less-than fortunate.  It is a day-to-day analysis of my surroundings and a personal interpretation of my human experience.

When I can, I try to show joy in my photographs.  I believe I succeed frequently, however, life is not always joyful.  We have such a complicated and profound experience because life is both deeply heartwarming and terribly melancholy.  My photography as an art attempts to encapsulate that.

Unlike art though, the core value of photojournalism is not to make people feel joyful or wretch in sorrow.  It’s focus is to enact social and political change through awareness.  Ideally, the photojournalist acts as a neutral lens to inform the reader, but paradoxically, the most awarded and renowned photojournalism has been loaded with the most pathos.  Because the human condition is so intrinsically linked with the emotional experiences of joy and sorrow and photojournalism is a document of that human condition, good, wrenching photojournalism should grip the viewer at his or her utmost emotional center.  Good photojournalism, like good art, should tear into the viewer’s soul, and I can only strive to do this as I continue to refine my craft.

 

Scott Squires (October 29, 2013)

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