Henri Cartier-Bresson, considered by many to be the father of photojournalism, said, “to take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart”. Jodie Willard’s photographs – intimate, resolute, provocative – are a product of that unique alignment and engage their viewer with a sense of urgency that cannot be ignored. The best of her shots have a kind of elegant, audible intensity that celebrates what it means to be alive or survive.
Trained as a disaster relief photographer working for numerous NGO’s, Jodie’s work has documented events in Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Oklahoma and New York City. Her shots have appeared extensively as a part of Direct Relief International’s efforts. Also drawn to the natural world – Antarctica, Namibia and the South Pacific – her head-to-eye-to-heart coordination has produced images that sing and reel with empathy, humor, wonder and hope. Part ballad, part symphony, part blues and 100% heart. Jodie Willard’s recent work in Cuba is the backdrop for this catalog and can be seen throughout the issue.
More can be found on her website at www.jodiewillard.com
Bhutan Print - 8 1/2 x 11" or 16 x 24" - Limited, numbered prints, signed by the artist.