2016 - Ongoing
The truth does not care about “likes”, comfort zones or if you sleep well at night. You may not like this series – find it self-indulgent, even preachy but it will introduce you to the people of the Majority World who make our cheap goods, our ripe winter fruit, and our lifestyle possible.
Sanitizing the lens helps no one except, perhaps, the 1%. The truth, like nature, does not seek to make anyone feel good. The Majority World lives this truth. We, in the entitled, post-industrial north, are the outliers on this front. In the Majority World poverty is the baseline, the tormentor. Fatalism is waiting unseen just around every corner. The vagaries of age set in decades early.
Still there is plenty of joy in the Majority World - perhaps there is more true joy, as people cope, adapt endure, survive and find those moments of mirth, that the more fortunate are often too busy or distracted to notice. The US President calls these places, “shit holes”. What I see is strength, free from artifice and reservoirs of tragically untapped human potential - a loss that diminishes us all.