Creating awareness through photography

Creating awareness through photography

Simas’ work has taken her to over 40 countries


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WORLD TO BRING BACK LIFE-CHANGING STORIES. >> SHE TRAVELS WITH A NETWORK OF PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO DO THE SAME. HABITAT PRESERVATION, WILDLIFE PROTECTION. MATHILDE CMIS IS A LONG — SEAMUS IS A LONG WAY FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME. SHE TURNED INTO A SELF-DESCRIBED HUMANITARIAN PHOTOJOURNALIST. >> I THINK IT IS ABOUT CONNECTING PEOPLE TO EACH OTHER. IT CAN MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BY INTRODUCING THINGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE WOULD NOT SEE. >> THE WORK HAS TAKEN HER TO MORE THAN 40 COUNTRIES WHERE SHE DOCUMENTED THE TOLL OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ENCOURAGING TO HIM’S WHO WERE RELUCTANT TO BE IDENTIFIED TO POSE IN PROFILE OR MASKS. >> I WANTED THEM TO USE THIS TIME TO FEEL EMPOWERED OR BRAVE ABOUT SHARING THEIR STORY. THEY DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT TRAFFICKING. IF YOU DO IT IN AN ARTISTIC AND ARTFUL WAY, IT BECOMES SOFTENED. IT PROVOKES PEOPLE TO ENGAGE IN THESE TYPES OF CONVERSATIONS THROUGH ART. >> SHE HAS DOCUMENT AND WILDLIFE AND THE RANGERS WHO PROTECTED FROM THE RAVAGES OF POACHERS IN UGANDA AND KENYA. ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT UNDER PRESSURE IN SUMATRA, AND THE BEAUTY OF NAMIBIA. >> THAT PROJECT WAS ABOUT SPIRITUALITY AND FINDING BEAUTY IN PLACES THAT ARE VAST. I FEEL LIKE NAMIBIA IS A DREAMLAND AND I WAS LOOKING TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL AND PEACEFUL PICTURES. >> HER WEEKS OF TRAVEL ARE CHALLENGING AND MANY OF THE TRIPS ARE SELF-FUNDED, BUT HER DEDICATION TO EXPLORING THE DRIVES THE WORK, AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVEAL PAINFUL AND INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND US. >> THE GOAL ABOUT WHAT I’M TRYING TO DO IS TO INFORM PEOPLE, CREATE AWARENESS THROUGH THE WORK, AND TO PROVOKE THESE TYPES OF THOUGHTFUL CONVERSATIONS. IN THE END, I WANT TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION. >> SIMAS HAS DISPLAYED HER WORK ON THE SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY NETWORK, AN ONLINE GALLERY. THE CLASS THAT INSPIRED HER WAS TAUGHT BY THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, GLEN RUBIN. >> PEOPLE LOVE STORIES. PEOPLE LIKE TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD THROUGH VARIOUS TYPES OF STORYTELLING. DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY IS ONE WAY TO DO THAT. >> AN ACCOMPLISHED PHOTOGRAPHER, HE SPENT YEARS CHRONICLING THE DEVASTATION OF WAR IN THE BALKANS. HE CAME HOME TO FIND THERE WERE FEW PLACES FOR DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB. HE CELEBRATED THE SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY ASK ABOUT 10TH ANNIVERSARY LAST YEAR. >> IN THOSE 10 YEARS, WE HAVE HAD WORK BY MORE THAN 2000 PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD THAT HAVE PRESENTED 3000 STORIES ON DIVERSE THEMES. >> IN 2015, HE FOUNDED ZEKE, A MAGAZINE OF GLOBAL DOCUMENTARY TO MOVE THE WORK FROM THE DIGITAL WORLD THE PHYSICAL WORLD OF PAPER. >> WE TRY TO SHOW THE PHOTOGRAPHS AS LARGE AS WE CAN. IT IS QUITE DIFFERENT LOOKING AT THAT SAME PHOTOGRAPH THIS BIG ON YOUR PHONE. >> A SELF-EMPLOYED GRAPHIC DESIGNER BY DAY, HIS COMMITMENT TO THE SITE AND THE MAGAZINE IS ABOUT CREATING AN OUTLET FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK AND TEACHING AND INSPIRING OTHERS. >> THE FIRST THING IS THAT THEY SHOULD PURSUE A PROJECT THAT INTERESTS THEM. NOTHING WILL LEAD TO A MORE SUCCESSFUL PROJECT THAN SOMETHING THAT A PHOTOGRAPHER HAS PASSION FOR. THEN LEARN AS MUCH AS THEY CAN ABOUT THE SUBJECT. NOT JUST TAKING THE PICTURES BUT UNDERSTANDING WHAT THIS MEANS, BY RESEARCHING HISTORY AND

Creating awareness through photography

Simas’ work has taken her to over 40 countries


Matilde Simas specializes in social documentary photography, telling the stories of women caught up in human trafficking and chronicling the plight of endangered wildlife around the world. She also does portrait and wedding photography through her business, Mattie’s Studio. The Social Documentary Network collects the work of photographers around the world. Some of that work is also published in the pages of Zeke magazine.

Matilde Simas specializes in social documentary photography, telling the stories of women caught up in human trafficking and chronicling the plight of endangered wildlife around the world. She also does portrait and wedding photography through her business, Mattie’s Studio.

The Social Documentary Network collects the work of photographers around the world. Some of that work is also published in the pages of Zeke magazine.

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