Friday, March 27, 2015

A Kind Note

I got a very kind email today from one of the galleries I submitted work to. When people take time out of their lives to write you something caring and beautiful it not only helps you emotionally it also encourages you to work that much harder. Thank you so much.

Here is the email:

Dear Mr. Yaum,  

I viewed the links you sent in your e-mail.  It was heart-breaking to look at these photographs.  These  people were born of God, innocent children, not meant for this kind of suffering and abuse.  Frankly, I don't know how you were able to endure, but I imagine that knowing that these people have to actually LIVE these lives in the sex trade, helped to sustain you during your mission to try and rescue those trapped in this profession.  

The simple fact that you had concern as to whether or not you were further exploiting these individuals lets you know that you weren't.  Those who want to gain profit from the suffering of others, do not entertain the thought of exploitation.  When your heart is clear, so is your conscience.  Thank you for caring for the downtrodden.

I will forward this e-mail to the owner and he will be in touch, should he have interest in pursuing an exhibit of your work.

I also wanted to tell you that I'm sad for you over the loss of your father.  It's difficult and heart-wrenching to witness the deterioration and demise of our parents. Did documenting his decline create space for you or did it make the journey that much tougher?  We wish that our loved ones would die peacefully in their sleep, but for most of us, that is not the case.

Stay true to your heart.  You're on the right path.

Kind regards,

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