I spent 3 years traveling abroad before I accidently wondered into the Tibetan Movement in Dharamsala, India. It was 2008, days before the 49th anniversary of the People’s Uprising inside Tibet and one of the Not-for-Profit organizers offered me a contract position photographing local protest and the March to Tibet. On March 14th, everyone from the march was arrested. Acting as a bystander to the arrest (my role was not to get involved or to take sides, just to witness and record) gave me an unavoidable shot of empathy straight to the heart. It was something similar to when you see doctors inject a cardiac arrest patient with a needle full of adrenaline. To see people so passionate for their culture, their land, and their community literally shocked me. I can pinpoint that exact morning as when I began to fully grasp the meaning of human rights and how much I had taken it for granted.
It’s been nearly 3 years and I now live in New York but I stay involved with the Tibetan Not-for-Profit that I first worked with and with the Tibetan community here. I’ve also been learning about the Burmese Movement and I am fascinated by the role modern technology plays in the communications infrastructure of the Burmese campaign. I recently met a monk who doesn’t speak English but he can type it and he spends most of his days chatting with Burmese supporters on Facebook…
My goal is to stay involved and (I’ll say this with the twinkle of youth and maybe ignorance in my eyes) to try and make the world a better place. Photography is my skill and my trade so I’ll use it as best I can to document and to educate about social justice and human rights causes.
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... as long as there's an advanced Maths course in a (not necessarily) nearby country. He's known for pushing friends into the most expensive photographic equipment... several family inheritances have been wasted, but they often acknowledge his smart advices. Owner of a clinical eye, he can spot perfection amidst chaos as easily as a small imperfection on a perfect photo. He's also an occasional stork stalker and, above all, a caring father of two beautiful children. Gastão's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... give us a hand. He's our Computer Science genius and is currently addicted to photographing cats. He's a natural born optimist who makes a joke out of anything... don't mess with his Toyota though. Eventually, his stocks will rise from death and he'll invest in livestock and vineyards. He's got highly trained fingers either playing the piano or shortcutting photoshop. We hope he'll stick around after marrying his college sweetheart. In the mean time, he'll dissect every submitted photograph into binary code. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... would only be true if reading travel, geographic and surfing books/magazines accounted some mileage. He checks his e-mail every 2 minutes and he's often seen going cold-turkey when offline. Still divided between several walks of life, he strongly believes in Murphy's law "If anything can go wrong, it will". Photography plays a huge role in his life, at least judging by his conversation topics. Gray hair will eventually take the better of him. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal. Pedro's blog, personal/work homepage and facebook.