NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN is a photographic journey that will be made by photographer Mark Paul over 50 days from August 8th to September 24th, 2011 covering 300 Miles on foot (actually closer to 600), and 45 districts affected by the Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami, and current nuclear crisis. He will document the inner strength of the Japanese people as they deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. Every man, woman, child, and animal have a story that deserves to be told. The victims feel voiceless.
4 Days to go... What do you do the Saturday before you start a journey?
PREPARE, ORGANIZE AND CLEAN! Actually take inventory. Follow up with calls in the U.S. and Japan and some how try to manage your time while balancing your normal work (Freelance Photography/Photo Editor). Yesterday, I admitted to someone I felt slightly overwhelmed. But I remain focussed. I have literally been spending most of my day writing my name in Japanese. So that when I present my business card it will seem less offensive. There are so many slight nuances that every detail has to be looked over before I leave or at least as much as it can.
If anyone is curious this is how you spell my name in Japanese:
On a more serious note these were taken 6 years after the Chernobyl incident of 1986 around 1991 in Cuba. For those of you who believe future generations will not be effected please take in consideration that a good percentage of these children were toddlers or not even born when the incident happened. Unfortunately the effects of long term exposure are devastating. The picture below speaks for themselves. All of these children were being healed by a Cuban Medical team. We can only wait an see what the outcome will be in Japan. Apparently, Fukushima is ten times worse than Chernobyl.