The Innocent is a collaboration of trust and discovery from the vantage point of the children living in the war-torn region of northern Uganda who are resilient enough to show their courage, strength of will, and hope within the human spirit amidst conflict. The Acholi and Luo tribes have been caught in the middle of a complex and barbaric civil war for twenty-two years, in which countless numbers have been brutalized, and abducted minors comprised almost 90% of the rebel soldiers. It is estimated that as many as 66,000 children have been abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army, wrenched from their families and forced to become soldiers and sex slaves.
Raised on a dairy farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Heather McClintock received her B.A. in photography from New England College in N.H. and England, and then relocated to NYC to pursue her personal journey through prestigious commercial studios. Her Uganda work has garnered several awards and recognition, including most recently being selected for the prestigious Eddie Adam’s Barnstorm Workshop, awarded an artist’s sponsorship by Blue Earth Alliance and receiving the 2006 Center for Photographic Art Artist Project Award. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and several private collections.
Design: Heijdens Karwei, Amsterdam