A few weeks back my friend Kristian Skeie Photography introduced me to the work of Gmb Akash, a photojournalist who does amazing work shedding light on souls caught up in a terrible cycleÂ of poverty.
His work is tremendously powerful and human, and generous. 25% of the sales on his book go directly to support the people who’s stories he tells.
It’s a beautiful book and an amazing reminder of how much IÂ have to be grateful for and how lucky IÂ am.
Story after story, it reminded me that I’m so lucky for things I couldn’t even imagine possible in my comfortable, safe and privileged life. No fear of a storm destroying my house, being sold into the sex trade, being attacked by a tiger, risking falling off a train because I’m too poor to buy a ticket, I’m riding on the roof or between the wagons… I have medical insurance and my kids don’t have to work in some god awful brick factory… and I will have a retirement plan (hopefully).
It was also touchingÂ to hear my son Hugo (10) comment on how “It’s so unfairÂ what’s happening to these people”… “poor boy!”… “poor girl!”.Â In a society where extreme povertyÂ has disappeared, he lives with littleÂ idea that this is a reality today.
I invite you to visit his website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/ and if this images touch you, like they did me, to consider ordering a copy too.