I was happy to see the incredible creativity in this assignment, but it was also something that I expected. Something I did not expect was to be introduced so intimately into your worlds—to see portraits of hard work, of illness, of family rituals and relationships.
I loved being reminded of the way an image portraying something small and simple, such as Kerri-Jo Stewart photographing the top of her friend’s head, could tell you so much about an individual.
And an image that included more context—a young student and waitress in Vietnam, carrying six plates of food—told me less about the individual and more about the culture. The way we use these context clues means that what you choose to show in each image and what you choose to leave out could make a world of difference.