This weekend in Wellington, New Zealand, an exhibition of my photos from Ghor, Afghanistan will be going up in Deluxe Cafe.
I bought a new camera while I was living in Afghanistan and there were days, maybe even weeks, when I thought maybe the most useful thing I had done in that week was to take photos of people which I could then print out and give back to them.
Then I started sharing some of my photos here, on Flickr and on my photoblog and I noticed something interesting. A lot of people responded with more passion to a single photo of an Afghan father cuddling his daughters than they did to one of my lengthy diatribes on the importance of moving past stereotypes in our global relations.
So I decided maybe it is true, what the old folks say about a picture telling a thousand words. This weekend when the photos go up it will be thanks to a couple of really good friends in Wellington, since I am currently in the USA.
I'm sorry I won't be there to see them up or to hear whether they illicit any kind of response in people. But I feel fairly confident that whatever my photos say, they say it more eloquently than I ever could, so I'm happy to leave them to it.