Last week, I came across this picture in my Facebook news feed:
It’s a photograph of priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church standing in between the peaceful protestors and the armed police forces in Kiev. When it was taken, they didn’t know if Ukraine would break out into a civil war, or even if it even survive as a country.
This image captures the priests’ bravery and poise during a time of nation-wide unrest. It reminded me of what draws me to photography—its ability to tell stories and communicate emotions.
When I discovered this picture, I was halfway through a photography challenge. Every day during my lunch break, I photographed the view from the nearest window, stepping outside if possible. I was struck by the contrast between the pictures I had taken, mostly of snowdrifts or light filtering through clouds, and the tension in Ukraine.
My lunch-break photography is far from extraordinary, but it helped me to be grateful for the peace and stability my county enjoys. I hope that the people of Ukraine will soon be able to experience that peace.
Learn more about what’s happening in Ukraine:
- 9 Questions About Ukraine You Were Embarrassed to Ask by Max Fisher
- Rebirth of a Nation by Robert van Voren
- A Ukrainian Journalist Explains 10 Things the West Needs to Know About the Situation in Kiev by Taras Ilkiv