Photography: Active in Society

One of the things I have noticed during my time on the refugee/asylum seeker project is the clear division between people who actively try to engage in society and those that shy away from it. There are of course numerous reasons for this, most noticebly language problems, boredom, and paranoia. But it goes without saying that the more active one is the more stable life you can live while in a foreign country.

難民と過ごしたことで気付いたことが一つある。積極的に社会と関わろうとする人たちと、社会から逃避する人たちとに明確に分かれることだ。もちろん言語の問題、退屈、被害者意識など理由はたくさんある。しかし、外国で過ごす時は、より積極的に関わった方が安定した生活をすることができると言える。

Taro is popular in the local community
Discussing refugee issues at an African food party
Having a free medical check up at a nearby centre
Yakub and Japanese friends eating a Burmese lunch.
Collecting donations for the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami victims

Cycled since I was a kid, moved to Japan in 2001, bought my first 'serious' camera in 2005. Spent the later half of the 1990s travelling in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Japan, and the Philippines and wish I'd photographed a lot more back then.

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