Over the past few years, as my passion for both photography and social justice has grown, I have thought of ways to integrate my passion for photography with my work in the social service sector. In the process of attempting to integrate photography and social justice, I discovered photovoice (www.photovoice.org), a methodology that attempts to empower marginalized communities through the use of photography. Photovoice encourages community members to take pictures and engage in critical discussion using the photographs as catalysts for conversation. I have also utilized photography in my private practice specializing in youth counselling as a method for clients to explore and discover ways to overcome their personal challenges. These are just a few of the many ways that photography can be used to create positive change.
The name “EYE:58 PHOTOGRAPHY” came out of my desire to convey my interest in using photography to promote social justice. The name is a play on words of Isaiah 58 (I:58), a verse that speaks to promoting social justice:
This is the kind of fast day I’m after:
to break the chains of injustice,
get rid of exploitation in the workplace,
free the oppressed,
What I’m interested in seeing you do is:
sharing your food with the hungry,
inviting the homeless poor into your homes,
putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad,
being available to your own families.
Do this and the lights will turn on,
and your lives will turn around at once.
Eye:58 Photography believes in giving back to the community through time, talent, and monetary giving. Eye:58 Photography supports numerous not-for-profit organizations, including being a photographer with the Tiny Light Foundation (www.thetinylight.com).