On April 15, 2013, a joyous moment for those participating in the Boston Marathon turned to tragedy, when two homemade bombs detonated close to the finish line. Three people lost their lives, while hundreds of others were injured, many losing limbs. Five years later, Dear World has brought together people affected by terrorism around the world for a powerful set of portraits that share their stories.
“In this age of infinite information, these specific stories become blurred together and summarized by the name of the location. Orlando. Quebec City. Nice. Parkland,” Dear World writes. “We want the world to hear the stories behind these headlines and view the portraits that Dear World documents of the individuals’ experience, loss, and road to recovery.” By putting faces, names, and words to these events, Dear World reminds us of the real-life toll that lasts well beyond the headlines.
In an unfortunate era where mass shootings and bombings have become a common occurrence, the series is a poignant reminder that we must remain vigilant and motivated when it comes to ending these violent acts. From Angel Colon, who was injured during the Pulse nightclub shooting, to Colton Kilgore, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, everyone has a unique story to tell. Each sitter, with a phrase of significance written across their bodies, has a portrait accompanied by their personal tale of loss, grief, and recovery.
It’s an essential reminder to never forget and to not remain complacent in ensuring these events come to an end. If you are interested in helping victims of terrorism move forward, consider donating to One World Strong, which has partnered with Dear World on the project. One World Strong was co-founded by Michelle L’Heureux, who was injured during the Boston Marathon bombing.