For her current project, The Aftermath Passage, Mary creates portraits of people who have experienced war and conflict in order to highlight their stories and make people aware of the impact of such events. She usually takes time getting to know them, asks how they want to be portrayed and then takes their photo. She also gets them to write their own version of their experiences to be shown with the final portrait. Portraits can be very powerful, in Mary’s view.
“I find people start to want to know more about that person in that portrait. And obviously when they hear their story they’re more compassionate towards them as well and they feel that they know that person. I think that sort of influences people to want to do something and try and change things for the better.”
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