His work is about capturing hope and dignity in his subjects, but sometimes even he needs a little help seeing the good.
If the Internet had neighborhoods, Facebook, Twitter and their peers would inhabit the ritzy areas where, beneath perfectly manicured grass and picturesque white picket fences, self-obsession and hostility can erupt without warning. Are your hedges uneven? Are your shoes the wrong brand? Your entire life is under scrutiny and little good comes from it.
Branden Harvey is one of the few who responds, “yes.” Armed only with a camera and the words in his head, he’s out to make the Internet – and the real world – a better place.
The “20-something” photographer from Oregon is a bit of a rare bird in that way: He recognizes that social media is a game of clout, ruled by popularity metrics, but rather than pander to new followers, Harvey wants to use his talents and his existing social reach to help the world. His main work – contrary to the prevailing Instagram aesthetic – has a humanitarian slant, serving up untold stories of dignity and hope in some of the world’s most unlikely places. Read more…