This is one of the only two high schools for girls in the region. No roof, no lights, no heat, no furniture – just desire.Bobby's voice
My family and I stayed in this camp after an earthquake, that struck the Himalayan region of Northern Pakistan and Kashmir, destroyed the homes of over 3million people. We were at the camp to distribute tens of thousands of blankets. A good blanket is a sign of caring; a great blanket is a sign of respect. Helping must always be done respectfully, with the dignity of those you are helping in mind.
After the earthquake the devastation was shocking, but even in-the midst of mind-numbing destruction, there is virtually no begging. People are appreciative and proud – supporting one other. These front yards are a heartbreaking attempt at normalcy and dignity.Bobby's voice
I came across these kids while walking through a bombed-out neighborhood in Kabul. There was so much sadness, distance, and suspicion in their eyes. Then I made a fart sound by doing a raspberry with my mouth. The photograph on the top shows the boys’ reaction to a stranger. The next photograph, just a few second later, is their reaction to me.
Far from being an impediment to engaging with others, I use the fact that the camera is there as a way to start a conversation and make a connection with people. When I made a funny noise with my mouth and the children react with a laugh or smile, that’s not the end of the moment – it’s just the beginning. If there were only a chuckle, then the whole interaction would be reduced to nothing more than a party trick. But when my vulnerability and openness give way to a growing light in their eyes, the moment shifts to a more primal, tender, and most of all authentic place.Bobby's voice
This girl’s village was destroyed by an earthquake a week before I took this photograph, but even in- the midst of mind-numbing devastation there is still strength and spirit in her eyes.Bobby's voice
I photographed this boy at his school when Sri Lanka had been in a continuous state of civil war for eighteen years. Three years later, Weligama, his village, was one of the villages hit hard by the Indian Ocean tsunami, one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. I’ve always wondered if this little boy survived. His school was less than one hundred meters from the sea. These are his classmates.Bobby's voice