The term solidarity photography, which describes a new branch of photography, probably comes from Sabine Buntrock, the driving force of our initiative. Google did not know the term yet. Our research in connection with solidarity and photography led to the following results:
“JE SUIS CHARLIE”. After a terrorist attack through solidarity photos, the attachment to the victims was shown.
“I REMEMBER!” Presumably, especially celebrities can be photographed with such a poster against forgetting the holocoust.
“SHOW FACE”, a call from Facebook.
If anyone knows more examples of solidarity photography, we would be very, very happy about hints!
New to our solidarity photography is that it should not be a short-term action. In any case, Sabine Buntrock herself would like to travel extensively in Germany by bike and train for several years and devote herself to this kind of photography on the way. Of course, we also pursue the goal that photos, especially group photos of men from politics, society, business, church, clubs are sent to us. We are also happy about other fellow campaigners who also want to take pictures for us. This kind of solidarity photography should be an integral part of our commitment to mothers and should become very popular.
Notes on the emergence of solidarity photography: Especially mothers have no stakeholders. Everywhere else, whoever works, also has interests (works councils, trade unions, associations for entrepreneurs), applies only to MOTHERS the very big exception: no one represents their concerns, nobody hears them, no one sees them, (because children tie up pretty much so mothers can barely show solidarity). Neither trade unions nor any supporting organizations address their specific concerns. Not at all politics come with us seriously on the idea, to deal with the true disadvantages of mothers time-consuming. The mini-disadvantage compensation by the mother’s pension indicates the dilemma. A woman would have to give birth and raise a whole class of children in order to realize a pension at basic level. For this, she would then have to accept a workload (365 days a year, at least 14 hours a day) for which approximately 5 full-time employees would be responsible in their normal professional life! Greater disadvantage is not possible! Mothers are also not among the “real needy” such as homeless, addicts, disabled people. Such groups quickly devote themselves to an entire aid industry, because – to put it honestly – it pays off for some and it´s worth it for some. There is quickly enough public money. Mothers, on the other hand, are simply at a permanent disadvantage on many levels, pay double and often triple burdens, and are willing to work around the clock, 7 days a week, often with health and / or wealth, as well as limited retirement benefits. This often results in a disadvantaged participation in culture, art, sport, society and politics. A vicious circle that our solidarity photography wants to break through to some extent.
Our initial considerations were how to attract attention to our topic cost-effectively and effectively. Without pictures you will hardly get much attention today. So it was obvious to produce pictures yourself. The big choice was to capture either misery itself or solidarity with it. It was only a small step up to solidarity photography. With this solidarity photograph we bring a lot of things under one roof. By the way, there are endless encounters and conversations. We get invaluable feedback. We know all conceivable attitudes of the population in a very short time. (Without looking at the pictures, there are also many conversations with women, mothers and non-mothers on some of the roadsides.) In this way we are growing in-depth into the topic.
It goes without saying that solidarity photography is only the first step for us. Energetic solidarity from society and politics should of course still follow. On our agenda is a nationwide interest group.
We can well imagine that solidarity photography is also a very appropriate instrument for other social issues and problems.
Finally, we ask for your solidarity. Send us a photo, your good idea, support or relieve mothers on site or join us. There are so many possibilities.
Thank you very much in advance for your solidarity.