maciek nabrdalik

recently i came across a quote by journalist maciek nabrdalik that completely changed my outlook when it came to making images: 

if you choose to call yourself a photojournalist, you want to put the spotlight on your subject not at yourself, nor your creativity nor your talent. the content of your image is most important. so if it’s for the sake of the content then yes, do whatever is needed to document and tell the story and to let your images stand out and be noticed.

for the first time in so many years, i felt it was okay to stop trying to make things look pretty because that was what the world preferred to see. instead, gathering what i saw--those messy slices of life--and make them into a collection of what i wanted to remember actually told a real story. a story that is uniquely my own.