Whether on vacation or not, my internal clock persistently has me up and about at 6am every morning but this past Saturday I purposely stayed curled up in bed a bit longer to watch the four part series on HBO entitled Witness.
The documentary takes an in-depth and candid view of those photojournalist who enter conflict zones such as in South Sudan, Brazil, Mexico, Uganda and who essentially risk everything they have with the purpose to acquire that story. What's televised on the news about these countries is merely one side of the story but it's always been those stories behind the stories that have intrigued me about the photojournalism genre. This is why I'm a huge documentary fanatic.
Photojournalist Eros Hoagland is one of the stars of the documentary series and he has this to say about his dangerous craft:
Pictures lie all the time. I don’t believe my lens conveys the ultimate truth. I know full well that my photos are only part of the truth, and it’s up to you to decide the rest.
What you can expect to walk away with watching the documentary is that being a photojournlist is by no means a glamourous profession. In fact, you're almost more like a servant where you're expected to be on the job around the clock to serve but of course the people who do it for a living don't see it this way because they're passionate about what they do.
I can't recall where I read this but the following statement's purpose is to give you a rough of idea of what being a photojournalist may be like: "Take the picture you have in your head of the life of a photojournalist and subtract fifty percent of the romance and add 200% more discomfort."