This story start's for me on the 13th of November 2015, it's close to mid night in Amsterdam at a backpacker's right in the heart, and my wife and I are watching the news which is being covered by American reporters, they are covering the terrorist attacks in Paris. In a case like this which we seem to see on the news more then we see the weather report, I would usually be siting at home in New Zealand which is almost as far as you could be from such events, yet here I am in Amsterdam watching and hoping that no lives are lost.
As I look at my wife knowing that we are going to be on a bus in the morning going to this historic city Paris, do we change our plans? No way we are set, my wife and I will be on that bus in the morning.
We wake to the news that 130 people have been killed, 368 injured. This is a sad day no doubt and the cries of family and friends who have lost loved ones will be a familiar cry that the world hear's far too often.
As we arrive by bus into Paris, it is night, there's a certain mood to the city, and its not the mood that we all grew up hearing about Paris, one of love and romance, it was replaced with fear and pain, and though the next few days were spent surrounded by armed military in the case of another attack. The Paris I grew up hearing so much about started to show its face again, this attack though heart breaking did not defeat the people of Paris and as a photographer you want to capture what it is you felt and what you were able to experience so that others might know for themselves, so this photo is not one to show how sad this day was for Paris, I will leave that to the news channels, instead it is one of hope and courage, hope that the people of the world open their eyes before it arrives on their door step and courage for the leaders of tommorrow to do what the leaders of today fail to do.
This was a sad day for Paris and unfortunately this is something that many innocent people all over the world experience everyday but lets hope that we don't sit back and wait for someone else to fix the problem.