Photojournalist Christopher Capozziello would like to share a story with you and it's personal.
An award-winning and internationally recognized photojournalist, Chris specializes in documentary photography. Before the particularly difficult period of layoffs and pay cuts in newspaper staffs, Chris had the wisdom to set his own path. He knew that he wanted to tell stories on a deeper level.
He chose to take on intimate projects and working on his own time schedule, has the ability to tell meaningful stories through his visuals. His projects are thorough, not a rushed visit to a subject he hardly knows, as is the experience of many newspaper photojournalists due to industry demands. His projects don't have short, unrealistic deadlines. He doesn't rush through moments, but rather experiences them with his subjects and captures them in honest fashion. He cares about his subjects and it shows in his work. Chris a dear friend and someone I deeply respect.
His latest photo essay, 'The Distance Between Us', shares his twin brother Nick's struggles with cerebral palsy. The photos clearly represent what Nick goes through physically on a daily basis. I was with them when some of the images were captured. Nick is a friend, too. I've seen the cramps. It's not pretty. It's painful for a friend to witness, not just for Nick, but also for Chris. In the text of his forthcoming printed book, Chris shares his feelings of guilt about being the 'healthy twin'. He's brutally honest as he expresses anger and a full range of emotions. Chris intimately tells the story of his love for Nick through words and pictures.
The CDC estimates 10,000 babies born each year will develop symptoms of cerebral palsy.
'The Distance Between Us' is ready to go to press. Chris has a publisher. He just needs a little support to make Nick's printed story a reality in the form of a book. He needs your help.
You can support Chris' efforts through his Kickstarter campaign. Funds raised here will directly support the printing of the book and help give a voice to Nick and the estimated 764,000 children and adults living with cerebral palsy, not to mention millions of family members who care for them. As I'm writing this, over $12,000 has been donated toward Chris' goal of $16,000. You can help make the difference.
'The Distance Between Us' is a body of work that has been in the making for some 13 years and it's not finished. It's a story that will continue to evolve, perhaps more than any other story in Chris' career. It's his life. It's his brother Nick's life. It's personal. Join me in supporting them both.
-James Edward Bates