Laura Cook

Beat of the Drum

Laura Cook
January 24, 2012
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In so many ways the drums often become an African stereotype and yet spending time dancing, singing and enjoying the rhythm of the drum in Kassaro, Mali was anything but a stereotypical experience. The drums can signal a welcome, they can summon a village leader, they can thank you just for being there and sometimes the beat simply begins to give joy, laughter and a sense of being of being alive and present in the moment.

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I believe in the power of storytelling. The finest stories are the ones that are real; authentic stories of hope, life, loss and love. I am a photographer because I genuinely believe that an image can speak a thousand words and that by sharing stories we can move others into action. I have experience working for international NGOS and this has given me a lot of insight into the kind of stories the public respond well to. I am also deeply motivated by my faith and personal ethics and have confidence in a generation of photographers that can portray people‚Äôs…

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