Thursday, July 17, 2014
A Vision of Russell Means
I had the opportunity to meet a fine young Peruvian lady who has been in the United States since she was three years old. She was praying with this Lakota woman who just lost her brother. The Lakota Lady was seized with grief and this young lady prayed with her and it gives me great hope in the future as the young South American woman is Indigenous to the Americas. You might ask me why I chose to take this picture, it is because I told our Youth that we must look for a picture that is special and different. We as photographers are the artists and we must seek to help the world see what we see through our lenses.
One of the Ladies on the streets asked me what I was doing with the photos. I told her I they were my photos and I always try to stay respectful with them. She told me the ministries in White Clay take pictures and get money for them. I told her some day I would like to do a book on the faces of the Lakota people in Pine Ridge and I was hones. I truly do not want to document the pain of our people but I do believe the youth have the key to helping the older ones find health and fullness.