11 Mar Anton Crone: On a smiling mission
Anton Crone is a professional freelance photographer who has a particular interest in Africa, which is clearly highlighted in the type of portfolio work he does, and the ‘about’ section in his blog: Bright Continent
“This continent is very dark indeed if one relies on the horror stories from people who have traveled here; news bulletins; findings from when-wes and the findings of research groups” – This surmises the type of genre for which Anton stands, his photographic missions throughout Africa seek to show not only the sharp reality of what is out there, but more importantly what is being done to aid the situation.
Operation smile medical volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate sustainable health-care systems for children and families in Africa. Anton recently documented some of Operation smiles magic work throughout African, as they performed miracles in Antananarivo, Madagascar and Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape.
Despite the medical nature which Operation smile performs, the dedicated doctors and staff seem to keep an extremely positive spirit about the whole process: In one operating room, Steve Hofmeyer is the last thing the kids hear before they go under. In two other rooms, the surgeons play their choice of music on Ipods. Techno music bounces off the tiled walls where Susan and Heba work. In the third room, Stefan and Luis operate to The Waterboys’, “This is the Sea”.. we salute these individuals who not only keep smiles on their faces, but add even bigger ones to the faces of others.