About the project
Story & Photos
Web Development & Design
Video & Audio Production
Mary Jo Meade
When our Exposure Trip team first met at Yobel Market in Colorado Springs in early December, Yobel co-founder Sarah Ray and our team leaders had us watch a Ted Talk. It’s called “The Danger of a Single Story,” by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and addresses what Adichie calls our default position: assumptions we make based on stereotypes and incomplete anecdotes, which ultimately rob people of dignity.
The story here, despite its many voices, is still a single story. Nevertheless, I’ve tried to get beyond stereotypes, to take you from a fair-trade label on a bag to scenes of the people inside a single country and state who operate on the other end of that chain of commerce.
India ultimately surpassed my expectations, easily becoming the most difficult of 35 countries through which I’ve traveled. (For transparency: We did pay our way.) Inside of two weeks, I lost 10 pounds, later learning that I’d contracted Giardia.
But that would prove to be a temporary challenge. Some problems can’t be fixed with antibiotics. For those, in Ray’s words, you need love.
We’d like to thank everyone who contributed their time, talents and resources to the project as well as our sponsors.
And finally, we’d like to express our appreciation of freesfx.co.uk for providing a robust creative commons sound effects library.
— Matthew Schniper