WE NEED FEMALE CENTRIC PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE DEVELOPING WORLD AND WE NEED IT NOW.
Photo by Noon, Chang Mai, Thailand.
The past year has seen women bring gender issues to the fore in the media and beyond, from the bustling streets of the Women’s March in Washington DC, to the #metoo movement, and some punchy feminist remarks at the Grammys.
In the course of a year, the general public has come to realise that what we see in the media isn’t always the sum of all perspectives, but more often than not the product of a few, privileged voices.
As women’s voices are being heard louder in the media, it’s important to ask the question: Have we advocated and given a platform to all women?
Noon, the photographer of this photograph, comes from a remote area in Northern Thailand close to the Myanmar border, an area where girls are at risk of being trafficked.
In this photograph, Noon captures an elephant playing with another employee in a nearby river. Where Noon is from, animals, nature, and people have always coexisted peacefully. But given worrying trends in climate change and early signs of deforestations in the region as well as the water pollution seeping into their communities, the images that are captured by Noon today are soon to disappear.
The voices of women like Noon are important because they highlight issues, which otherwise go unreported. Where Noon lives, the price of a human life is as low as $90, and indigenous women are more likely to pay the prices of increased sex tourism. Noon’s photography reminds us of the plight, and urges us to take action to improve marginalised women’s living conditions.
Read our article on the need for female centric photography published this week by @oneyoungworld Link in bio.
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