Advocating through Story
Not every picture has the worth of a thousand words, but I return to my pictures from my trip to the Maldives time and time again because of the stunning and beautiful stories they each tell. As just one example, this picture shows three striking little girls, flirting with the camera, giggling, stumbling over each other on this hot August afternoon.
Just behind them, the encroaching sea laps maybe a foot below the buttery-soft sand. The Maldives is a country in climate-peril unlike almost any other- set straddling the equator off the southern tip of Sri Lanka, in the milky turquoise Indian ocean. At just feet above sea-level, the Maldives struggles with the rising ocean in a very real and tangible way. Tourists flock to Maldivian resorts for warm and unparalleled beauty in a seeming paradise. Yet this country may be the very first to disappear. Of course, it’s people, like these sweet little girls, will become the poster-children for legal, human-rights, and political questions with serious implications. While the fate of these children remains unknown, their story is profound and begs to be told.