My heart aches for Ukraine. I am glued to the news and am constantly asking myself: what more can I do? Then last night I suddenly realized that I could help others appreciate what the Ukrainian people are like.
In 2008 I visited my son (Cody) and soon to be daughter-in-law (Erica) who were serving in the Peace Corps in Ukraine. While there, I created a portfolio entitled “Ukrainians, with Eyes Shut.”
Here’s how the project came about:
Whenever I go to a new area to photograph, I make no preparations. I do not research the area, look at travel guides or other photographer’s work. I want to go with a completely open mind and hope that I’ll find something that inspires me.
Well, I had been looking for something for three days and hadn’t come up with anything, and I was starting to feel some time pressure as my days were slipping away. Well, pressure never helps my creativity and so that caused even more anxiety!
I found the people interesting, but I always hate photographing people in a foreign country, because they put on a “camera face” for you. You know, that big smile.