Photographer's Note

I wrote a whole lot about the Invisible Children and the situation in Uganda, however that was primarily background information to clarify what the Global Night Commute was. This picture is the first picture in a series from the Global Night Commute.

Invisible Children is an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the forgotten victims of the ongoing conflict in southern Sudan and northern Uganda--the children. For the past 20 years, war between the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, a cultic army under the command of a man known as Joseph Kony, and the Ugandan military/Acholi ethnic group of northern Uganda has waged uncontrolledly. After a few years of "normal" combat, the LRA resorted to abducting children between the ages of 6-12 to use in their army. Children of this age were chosen because they are old enough to carry and use weapons, but still young enough to be very impressionable. Every night thousands and thousands of rural children leave "the bush" to sleep in the town of Gulu, Uganda, in the hopes of escaping abduction, which is always followed by torture, mutilation, brainwashing, and often death.

A group of three college-aged American men went to Sudan in 2003 to try to document the conflict in Darfur, but ended up finding their way into Gulu thanks to the help of a lady named Jolli, who has since been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. They encountered the horrible conditions of the children and decided to dedicate their documentary to it. The resulting documentary was The Invisible Children, and they started an organization by the same name with the purpose of bringing an end to the rebel movement and providing the children with not only the basic essentials for mere existance, but also an education.

In order to raise public awareness of the situation, they organized an event known as the Global Night Commute, in which people all over the world (seven countries participated) gathered in urban areas to sleep under the stars. While there, they were encouraged to write letters to the president, their senators, and to the Ugandan children.

Here in Oklahoma City students from Oklahoma University in Norman, a nearby college town, organized a phenomenal event, including a 21 mile hike to simulate the commute from the bush to Gulu.

I participated in the hike, and saw myself more as a participant than a photographer, however I tried to get some decent pictures out of the event. Turnout for the 21 mile hike was approximately 80. Turnout for the event at the capitol building was over 1,000.

This picture was taken at the parking lot in Norman where the 21 mile hikers assembled.

This is a major stylistic shift for me, so please critique as honestly as possible--I'm striving for more versatility in my photography, and am very interested in harsh critiques to this series.

The Invisible Children website can be found at http://www.invisiblechildren.com

vapours, mimi, chc, kelo oznaczył to zdjęcie jeko użyteczne

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Sam Beer (SamB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 58 N: 416] (1948)
  • Genre: Ludzie
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2006-04-29
  • Categories: Wydarzenia
  • Camera: Nikon D50
  • Naświetlenie: f/4.8, 1/250 sekund
  • Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja
  • Date Submitted: 2006-05-02 15:51
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Additional Photos by Sam Beer (SamB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 58 N: 416] (1948)
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