Pixels and Bytes with a Purpose

Anticipating, waiting, preparing, hoping. Any synonymous verb is exactly what I am feeling as I, along with several students, a graduate student, and two professors get ready to embark on a journey to Nogales, which is a community split on the border between Arizona and Mexico. The Kino Border Initiative, which assists migrants coming to the United States, is an organization we’ll be working closely with during our time in Nogales.

We’re not only making a journey to this community, we’ll be creating a documentary on the journeys of migrants to the United States. Our program, titled Backpack Journalism, is five weeks long: two weeks being on-site and three weeks of learning videography and rough cutting the film.

We’ll be driving to the border, which mirrors, but pales in comparison to the journey migrants make to a new place. As the saying goes, the journey is half of the experience.

I am highly anticipating this trip as it meshes quite closely to what I would like to do as a career. I am a journalism major and my focus is on photojournalism, so my hope is to work for a nonprofit organization one day photographing the world in a way that brings about social, political, and economic change.

I will leave my readers with one of my favorite quotes to keep in mind as I and fellow students update our blog and continue our work creating our documentary in Nogales.

Aaron Siskind, an American photographer, once said, “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” I truly hope that our time in Nogales can effectively encapsulate the story of the lives we encounter.

I spent several weeks in the Caribbean with family, so here is a photograph of me in the zone in Puerto Rico documenting the culture I encountered.

1 thought on “Pixels and Bytes with a Purpose

  1. Maren, what a lovely blog and lovely quote. I am so glad you are with us and love what you want to do with skills and talents in the future.

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