Thoughts on the Documentary ‘Salt of the Earth’

salt_of_the_earthLast night I saw the documentary ‘Salt of the Earth’ in Guelph, Ontario. It is about the life and works of Brazilian-born photographer Sebastião Salgado.

Salgado has traveled the world and his photographs are absolutely stunning. The man was not afraid to set foot in war-torn, desperate places. He spent time in Ethiopia during the massive hunger famines (80’s) and time in Rwanda during the genocide (90s). He spent time in Yugoslavia during the civil war (90s).

His pictures portray what humanity is capable of. Genocide, war and hunger famines are still with us today. We have still found a way to live in peace and show absolute love to all our brothers and sisters — our fellow humans.

I think Salgado was a brave person to have the guts to spend time in places many would be  afraid to go to. Yet, through his camera he aimed to show the world what is going on.

As I sit here and write, I think about how lucky we are. How lucky that we live in a world of freedom and peace. How lucky we are that we have (way more) than enough to eat and that most of us have never experienced famine or hunger.

And I think about how everyone deserves that, too.

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Korem Camp, Ethiopia, 1984, Salgado

Korem Camp, Ethiopia, 1984, Salgado

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