Six million +

It’s been very hard listening to and watching the stories coming out of Haiti this past week.  I was there around fifteen years ago, and found it a difficult country to work in and visit even then – the years of oppression had taken their toll on the population, and the pockets of joy and hope were small (though very real).  Our prayers are with the people there this week.  Tearfund and the DEC are two of the many effective ways that you can give. Guardian photographer David Levene is one of many who are reporting on the disaster.

During last week, I visited Ripon Cathedral to photograph an art installation called ‘Six Million plus’, which consists of over six million buttons to commemorate those who died in the Holocaust, and in genocides since. It’s an incredibly moving piece, very patient and quiet, drawing you into the scale of the history. It seemed a fitting place to be as the first news of the Haiti disaster started to filter in.

If you are near Ripon in the next five weeks, do visit the Cathedral and view this work, produced by artist Antonia Stowe.

6 million + :: Ripon Cathedral