Introducing Photographer - Mark Paul
In August 2011 I traveled to Japan to document the aftermath of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis. I covered close to 600 miles affected by the Tohuku Earthquake and while it may have seemed crazy at the time it came to make sense to me. For within every mile that I covered there was a story to be told. Like most photojournalists, I was determined to remain objective about the crisis and take the best photographs possible while documenting a true, but positive reflection of Japan’s worst tragedy to date. Like much of the world I felt a sense of concern, empathy and tragic curiosity for the Japanese and their situation. I didn’t have any expectations other than to be prepared for the worst. The worst never came.
I found a Japan full of resilience, hope, perseverance and presence. In each city I visited there was a common theme, Gambaru, which means many different things ranging from perseverance to overcoming obstacles. But to me, and I believe others in Japan, it meant the refusal not to give up; and the importance to never stop until a goal is attained.