It's been a while since my update and so much has changed and happened since I decided to take this project on back in October of 2012.
This photo is a sample of what I mean by "documentary style" (referred below) which I would love to
have illustrated instead of photographed. Image based on an actual event.
First, I've been writing and doing further research for the last month, probably putting in too many hours a day while neglecting the rest of my life. In fact, I was up at 3am this morning to write.
While I have always had a clear picture in my mind about the images for the book, I felt that in some regards I needed more direction on some aspects of the photography. The writing has given me the context as well as inspired what I think needs to be shown visually.
I am currently looking for a graphic artist who might be better able to assist me with a visual representation of certain things within the book. As it is, I learned over the course of the winter that MOST people don't want to give their children over to be photographed, even if it is for a good cause. Most people don't want their children even exposed to such negativity nor do they want them portrayed as a victim. This is all understandable but it didn't solve the issue of needing to illustrate certain things.
My insistence on having specific imagery is because images have instant impact whereas words must be read first.
By dividing up the two types of illustrations, my photography and someone else's graphic art I will be able to fully provide what is needed while being able to concentrate on my photos which I have always wanted to be more artistically and conceptually inspired as opposed to "documentary" style.
While the book is NOT done. Here is what it is looking like right now in regards to it's content:
These chapter titles should give you a clue as to what's going to be in the book, however there are things obviously within that you cannot surmise from these titles including, the name and mandate for an underground pedo organization that was last attempting to infiltrate sectors of society to get pedophilia recognized as a "legitimate" sexual preference.
Unlikely help from a group often demonized by the mass media, some of this rightfully so, yet some not.
A brief look at the evolution of both sex trafficking and child sexual abuse images.
Resources on how to report suspected trafficking, sexual abuse, child sexual abuse images, and more. Ways that you can directly get involved with different levels of dedication toward the handling of the problem. A listing of books, movies and further ways to educate you and yours on this subject.
The often overlooked issue of security and safety and what you can do as a parent to help safeguard your family and teach the younger ones about this subject.
Also included will be a general sequence that some traffickers and/or pimps follow to enslave people. You can have a bird's eye view of how this happens in an industrialized world.
If you care to donate toward this project please visit: http://www.gofundme.com/antitrafficking
In addition, you can send a MO or Check directly to (I can then manually update the gofundme page to reflect your donation):
126 SW 148th St
Seattle, WA. 98166
Re: AST Project
Any left-over funds (after the expenses are covered) will be donated to a non-profit organization that is set up to combat trafficking.
In addition, if you are experienced in publishing, are a model and wish to help, or just want to help in general, please contact me!