Christian Long

Kristen Ashburn: Heartrending Pictures of AIDS

In TED Talks on April 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Reflection by BRITTANY M.

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Kristen Ashburn:  Heartrending Pictures of AIDS

Photos of Aids is an inspiring and heart wrenching video meant to help raise awareness of the sexually transmitted disease, AIDS.

Kristen Ashburn does an amazing job capturing the severeness of AIDS while displaying her unique style of photography. She is an extremely skilled young woman who tells her story of deciding to give up her job as a high fashion photographer to help raise awareness of AIDS in Zimbabwe.

She was a high fashion photographer in New York who would commonly read in Time magazine the tragic stories of the AIDS epidemic in Africa and chose to do something about it. She is a great role model for young people across the nation intimidated by going against the natural flow of life. She shows that there are ways to help raise awareness and help aside from sending money. She captures the innocence of the victims effected by the disease and is able to tell a few tragic stories of those who did not survive. Ashburn herself is a humble young woman of few words. She lets the photos speak for them self while she remains moderately calm but still displaying her passion for these people.

TED made an excellent decision on asking Ashburn to speak and show her photos at their event.

Although the clip is short and predominately quiet, it is quick to grab hold of your heart and the inner activist in all of us. The photos display people of all ages who are either suffering or have suffered and now passed away from their battle with AIDS. The photos and stories are a great way to help spread the reality of AIDS to those who have not witnessed its damage it has done. This is one of the most heart wrenching videos I have yet to see.

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