What Better Looks Like is founded on three premises:
1. The main goal of The What Better Looks Like Campaign is to create what Martin Luther King Jr. called the Beloved Community. As we reach out to others to answer, individually and as a community, “What Would Better Look Like?” our motivation for change matters. As Gandhi and King taught, we must seek the most loving response for all involved.
2. Someone once told me that wherever nature creates a poison the antidote grows within reach. This idea confirms for me the reason for the most successful movements for change. Gandhi and King, among others, understood that wherever the problem is created, the solution exists, probably within reach.
3. Everyone on the planet is a healer, a teacher, an artist or some combination of the three. We invite you to ask yourself: What did I come to heal? What did I come to teach? What did I come to create?
The camera is a kind of passport that annihilates moral boundaries and social inhibitions, freeing the photographer from any responsibility toward the people photographed. The whole point of photographing people is that you are not intervening in their lives, only visiting them.
The photographer is supertourist, an extension of the anthropologist, visiting natives and bringing back news of their exotic doings and strange gear. The photographer is always trying to colonize new experiences or find new ways to familiar subjects - to fight against boredom.
For boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.