CONTRAST by HARRY DWINELL
Most days I photograph strangers
When I knock, they open the door onto their lives. I try to gain their trust.
And it is a gift I don’t take lightly.
My job is share their stories in an honest way, and in the process…my own story. Sometimes the pictures take on a life I never imagined.
I was turned onto a project by Harry Dwinnell, a peace corp worker based in The Gambia. Harry took my book, “The Unforgettable Photograph” over to Africa with him, and shared it with the kids in his village recreate the photographs.
The book is filled with pictures of my children, along with others, doing the most everyday things in ways that completely astonished me. When Harry shared my pictures with the kids in his village, they wanted to recreate the photographs.
They are all about finding that place we are all connected. All about the power of photography, which often gets lost in the volume of photos we comb through everyday.
"I created this project during my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia in collaboration with George Lange. It takes the original photographs by Lange, most from his book “The Unforgettable Photograph, from the US and recreates them in the Gambian village of Panchang, where I lived for two years. “Contrast” seeks to show viewers that no matter where we live in the world, no matter our culture or background, we are all humans living lives that have more in common than some might willing to believe." - Harry Dwinell
Take a look at some of Harry's photos below. You can view more of them here.