10Q Interview

If you head over to http://www.hebervega.com/2010/04/23/10q-series-wayne-rowe/ you will find my 10Q  interview that has been posted on Heber Vega’s website. Heber had a great idea to ask humanitarian and cultural photographers to answer ten questions relating to their work.  Personally, it was a good opportunity for me to stop and think for a moment about what I do and the reasons behind doing it, so I thank Heber for creating that opportunity.  It’s also a privilege to share interview space with such esteemed photographers as David duChemin, Matt Brandon, Gary Chapman and Matt Powell.

Also, check out Heber’s other postings while you’re on his site, it makes interesting reading and he writes with honesty and integrity .  It’s good to see someone who is extremely passionate about his humanitarian work , oh, and by the way, he’s also a great photographer!

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BBC Radio – Humanitarian Photographer – Visioning Images

The Wednesday after I returned from Haiti and Nicaragua, I was invited to BBC Radio Nottingham to have an interview on the John Holmes show.  Here’s a recording of the interview, I’ve taken out the news and music track sections.

Just click on the Audio Player link below:

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Post Haiti – Pre Nicaragua

So I’m sitting in my hotel bedroom in Fort Lauderdale following a 10 day stint in Haiti and I can’t believe I’ve got a dodgy stomach after eating at a nearby McDonalds.  I had no such problems whatsoever during my time in Haiti and yet I arrive in the States and it hits me!  I’m not upto going out and enjoying the sun so I thought I’d post a short blog whilst I have access to the net.

It’s difficult to find words to express how I felt about my time in Haiti and I probably need to let my experiences percolate a little. The one thing I will say is that the people in that country are hurting badly, physically and psychologically.  Even though my role there was to take photos I like to take time to speak to people first, to hear their stories and learn about their lives.  This was probably the most difficult aspect of the assignment and to be honest, I wasn’t really prepared for what I heard.  Prior to going my understanding was that most people had access to food, water and basic shelter but in many of the places I visited, this simply wasn’t the case.  Aid organisations are doing their best to get these basic necessities to the people who need it but the scale of the problem is overwhelming.

It was a privilege to work with Outreach International during this trip and to see the work they are involved in.  Many of the schools have been badly damaged and some have collapsed entirely, the process of rebuilding lives and schools will be a long one but they have the expertise needed to make sure it happens.

It’s only right that my client sees the photos first so it may be a short while before I manage to get any images on the blog, but I assure you I’ll post them as soon as I can.

The picture above is a sneak preview and is a typical scene from Port-au-Prince.

Hopefully, I’ll recover soon from the upset stomach and be ready for my next assignment in Nicaragua.

Bye for now.

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