I found Aaron Huey on Instagram about a year and a half ago and was intrigued. It wasn’t until I spent some time looking at Huey’s images from Pine Ridge that I really understood how lucky I was to have access to what he sees and shares. Huey’s actions after the avalanche in the Khumba Icefall this past April only intensified the respect that I have been cultivating for him as a person and creator.
Unsurprisingly, the man has done it again.
…Aaron introduced his son to photography during a road trip a little over 6 months ago, and it had less to do with sharing his love of photos with his son as it did about father/son bonding.
“I thought it would be fun to see if we could both do something on a road trip that I would also enjoy, I wanted it to be art based, and since I am looking through a camera so often that seemed a good vehicle for collaborative exploration,” Aaron told us yesterday. “Our first with cameras, into the desert, was not about photography, it was about connecting as a father and son.”
…Ultimately, Aaron hopes that this early exposure to photography will continue to expand Hawkeye’s horizons. He’s already a “very social little guy,” says Aaron, “[but] photographing people in this way opens him up to a lifetime of communicating with people who are different than him.”
“I think so many people get locked into a comfort zone with how we see the world and who we interact with, and we do that by limiting our exposure,” he continues. “Photography is one way for me to shatter that comfort zone, to be reminded every day that I go out with my camera, that there are infinite worlds to explore — that I am not the center of the universe, and that my ideas are among the many perspectives and manifestations of life that make up this world.”
“I hope for nothing less for my son, whether it is through photography or another medium of communication.”
See Hawkeye’s Instagram here.
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