Tim Hetherington, My latest role model / by Braden Williams

Ever since I read Sebastian Junger's book War and subsequently pined for, and then watched Restrepo I respected Tim Hetherington as a great war photographer. In the last month or so I've come to understand, and see a similarity of thought between Tim and I.  It was this NYTimes Lens Blog article and specifically this quote: "

“If you are interested in mass communication, then you have to stop thinking of yourself as a photographer,” he told Michael Kamber in arevealing interview last year, as his documentary film “Restrepo” was about to open. “We live in a post-photographic world. If you are interested in photography, then you are interested in something — in terms of mass communication — that is past. I am interested in reaching as many people as possible.”

That made me realize the similar opinions we have/had. Looking back on all of his work, I see something that I'm deeply jealous of. Not only was he a great photographer, but he also was a great storyteller, and if you read my About Me section, you can see that that's whats important to me. Tim understood that photographs, film, what have you, were all really the same, they were very similar light capturing mediums through which one can tell a very compelling story.