For many personal and professional reasons I have come to appreciate that as a woman, daughter and sister, photographer, and researcher I am called to visually depict and seek understanding of the lived experiences of women and children that I encounter during my travels around the world. Throughout my travels I have discovered that my photographic lens is drawn to make visible and give sight to the experiences of myself and of the women and children that I am meeting, reflecting on, and gaining glimpses of along the journey. Oftentimes, I sense that the women and children are giving me the image rather than me taking the photograph. During this exchange I acquire an awareness of both background and foreground experiences and comprehend the significance of a single image or multiple images that may serve to illustrate a story. As I become less of a stranger in a foreign land it is as if the camera becomes part of my conversations, views, and encounters, therefore, I have developed a thankful and powerful relationship with my camera. My camera provides me the ability to focus, see, connect, and communicate with others and myself. For me encountering the visual is a never-ending process that has neither a beginning nor ending. Instead the visual journey seeks to discover, uncover, and recover imagery. All through this journey I am seeking to acknowledge historical, societal, economic, cultural, and political conditions that may give explanation to my experiences and images.
Katherine M. Houghton, Ed.D.
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