I was presented with a unique opportunity to photograph two young victims of the Porter Ranch Gas Blowout: Cameron and Ethan.
Cameron and Ethan's mother, Danielle Michaels, reached out via facebook. She had seen my campaign and wanted to share her family's unique experience. At the time I was thinking about telling more personal stories in my image captions. But their story is so powerful that I had to do another photoshoot just for them. Below is my first social media blast featuring Cameron:
This is Cameron, an 11-year-old activist from Porter Ranch, CA. He and his family were involved in the fight to keep their community safe since the leak first started in October. Cameron testified for the board of County Supervisors and wrote to Erin Brockovich, who responded and made time to meet him. His mom Danielle was the sign maker for many of the rallies. They were involved in the fight to move children out of schools where the air was toxic.
Their involvement came to a screeching halt when Cameron’s Dad & Danielle’s husband came down with a sudden illness. He passed away 28 hours later. He was 45 years old.