Peter, 2009 © David Wright
Born in 1983, David Wright is a photographer based in Maine, and has learned not only about himself through photography, but the world as well. In the beginning of 2009, David spent 2 months in the small village of Alebtong, Uganda. He photographed for a non-profit arts association for refugee children called A River Blue. Peter is one of a few elderly leaders left in the village because of killings and abductions caused by the Lord's Resistance Army for not offering help to fight the Ugandan Army. Having a brief knowledge of who Peter is, changes this image for me. There is a symbolic relationship with the tree rooted behind Peter and Peter himself. This image captures the emotion of standing alone, but standing strong.
David allows us to see the world beyond our own, he opens the door to what is now one of Africa's longest-running conflicts. He shows us his interest in life and the lives of others through his photography. Dorthea Lange once said, "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." David Wright enables us to keep looking.
More work by David Wright can be found on his website, http://www.davidwrightphoto.com/