Photographed in Lira, Uganda in January 2009, "Sons Like the Dust" is an intimate glimpse into the lives of several individuals facing the perils of street life. The stills in this exhibit are from a three-part multimedia piece depicting common struggles in Northern Uganda following the civil war that took the lives of innocent civilians and child soldiers. The region continues to grapple with the effects of the war, particularly with the high amount of orphaned street children, as well as a debilitating AIDS epidemic. These photographs follow a mother named Beatty forced into prostitution after her husband abandoned her and two of her children. She is forced to sell her body to provide for the boy and girl to keep them from a life on the street.
Kristen Houser, of Louisville, graduated from Western Kentucky University's photojournalism program in 2011. Her photography emphasizes storytelling with a humanitarian and environmental focus. Houser has traveled to and worked on photo projects in Tanzania, Guatemala, Belize, Uganda and Baja California, Mexico, as well as documented the challenges of her own community. She currently resides in Ames, Iowa and works on an organic vegetable farm, harvesting and documenting the complete season. She also freelances for local foods publications within the state.
"Sons Like the Dust" is Houser's first multimedia project, completed at age 20 with fellow student Alex Fortson on her first trip outside the United States. These stills were excerpted from multimedia and not originally photographed as a traditional photo story. The complete multimedia can be found at sonslikethedust.com
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