Women and War

August 5, 2009

It’s just 24 hours before my speech tomorrow night.

I’m never sure how I’ll feel when I show the work from my time in war zones and refugee camps. Once, when I was speaking to an auditorium full of high school students, my voice literally caught in my throat. The sudden depth of my emotion caught me by surprise.

It’s been 10 years since I left the life of a war photographer. I don’t even like that label. I didn’t photograph war; I photographed the aftermath: the destruction, devastation, suffering.

As difficult as it was to witness and document the brutality of war, it was almost as difficult to leave that life and that part of my career behind me. Part of me is a bit nervous to revisit it tomorrow night.

In the interest of education and a good cause, I will show my work, share my story and expose my heart.

My thanks to Suzi Nance of Bring Peace Not Pain for organizing and hosting my lecture. I am happy to support her mission of promoting peace.

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