22/04/2011

Very sad that he has gone

We are very, very sad today. We heard that an old friend of ours, 
Tim Hetherington, had been killed in Libya while to was out there working as a photojournalist yesterday. We have known Tim for over 10 years. He was a caring, quiet and passionate man. Someone who really inspired you through his actions. He cared about the people that he photographed so much. Something that has sadly become less common amongst journalists today.


We spent yesterday in a daze when we heard the news and now the tears won't stop. We feel proud that he didn't waste one moment of his life, and if this is his last gift to us, then we have decided to make big changes and to try to help people as much as he did. At 41 he touched so many lives and we are sorry that we never told him how much he had inspired us when we had the chance. 


It seems weird to think that we were only talking to him a few months ago about his new film and trying to help him make some contacts. We leave you with something he said about his work in 2006, when he told an interviewer that he was interested in reaching TV audiences, academics and policy makers to gain maximum exposure for his subjects and effect change.


"For me, the utility of my work is very important. Where can we push documentary? Where can we put it? Because for me, that's what differentiates me from an artist." 


Here are some of his images:


Sleeping Soldier


Tim at work
We miss you

3 comments:

The Pea Pod said...

I'm truly sorry for your loss xx

Kickcan and Conkers said...

A tragic loss. I am very sorry.

Grace and Judy said...

Thanks for your lovely comments. Tim was such an inspiration. He never wasted a day, so today we are trying to think how we can carry on his legacy. Hope the sun shines for you all. x