Faith as a common human experience
My dream assignment is to photograph the concept of faith and its
practice around the world.
The goal of this assignment is to photograph the ideas, practice, and
the very essence of faith.
As a service member serving in Iraq I have seen what
ignorance and intolerance can do on both sides, culminating in a
complex ambush on my platoon, killing one of my soldiers. It was then
I vowed that I would make a difference.
I studied history in school.
I made history in Iraq.
Now I want to change history.
I will accomplish this by sharing information, ideas, and the concept
of forbearance through understanding. In this tumultuous time of violence, individualism, and intolerance we need to reach across the traditional arbitrary boundaries and embrace understanding like never
Can you imagine a force more powerful, more pervasive, and more prevalent than faith? It is impossible. Nothing in history has been so dynamic, played such a vital role, and affected so many people as faith. It has the power to start wars and bring people together in a deep brotherhood. It is large enough to inspire a nation, yet intimate enough to give an individual hope. It can generate millions of
dollars in sales, or prompt a person to give up everything they have.
Everyone is affected, either negatively or positively, by the
existence and presence of faith or even the lack there of. Although
the ideas and practice differ from faith to faith, and even person to
person: from the Amazon to Siberia, faith is a very real part of the