For me, a big part of both travel and photography is learning about and creating support for people, projects, and causes I come across. Being a photojournalist can be a real privilege, providing access to some incredible behind-the-scenes experiences.
Photojournalism and documentary photography are often associated with despair and hardship, but whenever it’s possible I like to find a positive angle – conflict mitigation rather than conflict, for example. Not that every photograph needs a smile; simply, we have a tendency to look at a frown as photojournalism and a smile as portraiture, and I disagree with that distinction. Sometimes it’s necessary to photograph awful situations, but I still have a choice – it is up to me which side of a story (or person) I choose to focus on: the problem, or what’s being done about it. It’s not usually a very difficult choice.