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16 days ago (2020-01-08 09:55:22)

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It’s seems like a tired cliche, but as a photographer I try to humanise those caught up in the numbers and statistics in the stories we read about in the news. I fear we have become so desensitised to seeing the same images over and over, images of inflatable rubber boats bearing migrants arriving on European shores.

With every year that passes it is hard to accept that I have felt increasingly disillusioned about my ability to make change. Why am doing this? Am I pointlessly reinforcing stereotypes, telling the same stories? Where and how should we be consuming these kinds of images? Should I be taking them at all?

Despite my doubts I hope I never lose faith in the power of the image.

Refugees arriving in Europe have fled violence and untold horrors, and numbers are only set to increase; they do not deserve to be met with detention, hostility and further suffering. I believe we will look back at this moment in time and feel ashamed that we collectively turned a blind eye. We have justified distancing ourselves from the individuals crossing seas - if I can play any role in reminding us all of our collective moral responsibility to act, is it all worth it?

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lucattobarbara Profile
@lucattobarbara posted 16 days ago

Aai it is, I can tell it truly from my heart, because your photos always bring to me something I don't know, a new way of looking and of feeling, even though it may not be always pretty, it is always strong and powerful

tschudya Profile
@tschudya posted 16 days ago

thank you for this. your work is important to many, including me.

pbhopfi Profile
@pbhopfi posted 16 days ago

Keep going having faith in the potential for good in humanity. Remember the Shoah happened partly due to complacency....

claudiaperesp Profile
@claudiaperesp posted 16 days ago

❤️

faiqahninja Profile
@faiqahninja posted 16 days ago

💪

magdazofia Profile
@magdazofia posted 16 days ago

Please don’t stop. You are a major inspiration and proper role model for young women (and men) all over the world 🙏🏼

itsaisyahinit Profile
@itsaisyahinit posted 16 days ago

You inspire me <3

grossimauricio Profile
@grossimauricio posted 16 days ago

You’re a hypocrite: using women empathy and loving acceptance to welcome people that are not your culture is leading to high violence in countries, why only showing one side of the coin and not the side effects? Seems only fair!

minhjustwanttobehappy Profile
@minhjustwanttobehappy posted 16 days ago

It is expected for us to all have doubts at some point in our life but I'm sure that your passion is strong enough to overcome any doubts

queridacarola Profile
@queridacarola posted 16 days ago

Alice, you are so brave and inspire young women to do so by following their passions and always believing in the power that decision has. It impacts and the world feels it. Sending love to you and all 💛💛💛

alexandra.co.uk Profile
@alexandra.co.uk posted 15 days ago

❤️

willcockspenny Profile
@willcockspenny posted 15 days ago

You capture images that we shd all see and they do make an impact - keep going x

limabuch Profile
@limabuch posted 15 days ago

Dear Alice, nowadays, due to the large number of media, it is very difficult to rely on the presented content with a clear conscience, without ultimately fearing that false facts will be released into community. I think we have clearly enough of distorted information. It makes me even happier that I found you. The way you do your work is just commendable. When I look at all those expressive photos and read the texts I’m feeling like I am there, like I’m feeling the pain and despair of these people and the nature. As a result, I feel much more involved as a reader and that strenghtens my sense of responsibility. You are my queen of journalism. Keep inspiring people and please never stop doing it! with love from Berlin

obsexions_ Profile
@obsexions_ posted 15 days ago

Hi Alice, I'm a minor and I'm feeling like I'm just watching these desperate situations happen without doing anything to help. I understand how bad are the conditions these people are in, but if I'm not an activist nor a volunteer, what can I do to give my contribute?

mikaelaloach Profile
@mikaelaloach posted 15 days ago

It is worth it. Your work is so valuable and important - you've already moved and inspired so many. I agree that we will look back in horror and shame at this time in history. You're on the right side of it. 💚

burbujasonica Profile
@burbujasonica posted 15 days ago

I started following you because I saw your pictures in an article on The Guardian. Since then, I started following Help Refugees UK (Choose Love) and have donated and spread the word about the situation in the camps in Greece. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t even know about this issue. You’re quite inspiring. Keep on keeping on!! ⭐️

eva.jakovle Profile
@eva.jakovle posted 15 days ago

We don't know all the time who is coming with that boats. Mostly they do not have documents. It's not that we are heartless. We just afraid to become the next Africa.

theopaul Profile
@theopaul posted 15 days ago

so good alice!

igajaz Profile
@igajaz posted 15 days ago

@nina_joss

aidiannn Profile
@aidiannn posted 15 days ago

Gracias por tu honestidad y humildad, continúa. Tu trabajo es importante para muuuchos, eso incluyéndome a mi.

nina_joss Profile
@nina_joss posted 14 days ago

@igajaz this gave me chills, thank you

dwanasciemalp Profile
@dwanasciemalp posted 14 days ago

Keep working, its important! ❤️

sarahvanrij Profile
@sarahvanrij posted 10 days ago

💛💯

bylimala Profile
@bylimala posted 7 days ago

🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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