Friday, August 21, 2009

A Labor of Love

"Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Today marks the end of an ambitious labor of love and a work of staggering beauty by an amazing, but little known photographer. After hearing the story of a young girl known only by the number 146, photographer Jennifer Hamilton set out to remember and honor her. She took a photo every day for 146 days, to represent not only the one girl sitting behind a glass window in a brothel, but the thousands like her who are being sold and exploited daily.

I have been deeply moved not only by Jennifer's photography, but even more so by her commitment to add her creative voice to the collective shout on behalf of the innocent and vulnerable. And even more stunning...Jennifer is 14 years old and in the 8th grade.

Jennifer writes that the story of Love146, "inspired a procrastinating, laid-back teenaged girl to get up and do something about it. Just think of what could be done, if just a few more people... decided to do something about this. This is a war going on, a fight for freedom. We must be their voice, because for the moment they are silenced. But they don't have to be."

She continues; "This is my last day, but I'll always be an advocate of love146 through my photography. I just can't believe it's been 146 days. I've been saving this idea for the very last day."

Thank you Jennifer for amplifying the voices of your sisters and brothers still in "chains"!

All photos by Jennifer Hamilton

To view Jennifer's entire "146 Days of Love" project click HERE.

To see the story of 146 click HERE.

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Sally Rymer said...

That is incredibly beautiful. She's so talented! We need more abolitionists like Jennifer.

BlondesPoopMascara.blogspot.com said...

Loving the LOVE here! Fantastic and beautiful. I'm sharing with others. -Mr. Blonde

An Ethereal Forest of Stars said...

Wow, that's amazing!

Jennifer Hamilton said...

awww thank you guys(:
You're welcome 1000xs over.
I couldn't be more obliged to help you guys out.

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Pelly said...

that's just plain beautiful