A trailer for the documentary "After Tiller," and an NBC news program about fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, cover the same subject: life and its messiness. But the outcomes are vastly different.
You might remember the horrific 2009 murder of abortionist Dr. George Tiller. Dr. Tiller specialized in third-trimester abortion. "After Tiller's" producers and directors are using their craft, documentary-making, to tell the story of Tiller and other third-trimester abortionists.
Through their camera's viewfinder, they tell the story of those whose mission is to keep third-trimester abortion legal, to help women who feels they don't have other choices. The documentary is being hailed as courageous.
Juxtapose this documentary with, oddly enough, a fashion photographer. Rick Guidotti is an artist, and his medium is photography. He made a name for himself photographing beautiful people like Hollywood stars and fashion models. Through his view finder, he made beautiful people even more so.
Guidotti still photographs people, but now he focuses on people with disabilities and genetic conditions. And what he sees through his viewfinder, again, is beauty.
In fact, Guidotti is working with the medical community to help change the way people with these conditions are viewed. His work is paradigm-changing.
The juxtaposition between the people looking through the view finders can't be more stark: life and death. If I could make one wish, it would be to get Guidotti's work into the hands of every physician and person contemplating an abortion due to birth defects.
If you were asked to look through a viewfinder, what would you see?