Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
Last week we had a photo walk with about 18 photographers from El Salvador. I moderate a Facebook Photography Sharing group and initially coordinated the event online with the help of my girlfriend Regina Canas. I was very pleased to see so many photographers come out to participate in the photo walk, which incidentally turned into a challenging photo hike.
One thing that truly struck me during the event was how photography, very much like art is a universal language. It brings people together from all walks of life, countries and cultures. My Spanish speaking skills leave much to be desired, yet my passion and enthusiasm for sharing my knowledge of photography enabled me to overcome the language barrier at least when it came to image making.
Photography is a catalyst for building communities and connecting people no matter what language is spoken or country a person comes from. If you are walking around with a professional looking camera and understand how to use it you are going to connect with other like minded photographers who are out making pictures. Our photo walk in Suchitoto was such a successful, enriching and enjoyable experience because everyone in our group was truly interested in making great photographs and enhancing his/her skills as we explored the town and surrounding area.
I met a photographer who was not with our group while walking around the town taking photographs of flowers and butterflies flying around a beautiful weathered stone wall in the background. It didn’t take long for us to make a connection because my girlfriend Regina and I were also focused on making a great photo of the flowers and butterflies. Afterwards we introduced ourselves and the next thing I know he wanted to have a photo made with us. Turns out he is a photographer teacher at the University in San Salvador.
Yes…photography is a universal language and brings people from all walks of life together. Photography is a great way to build friendships and communities. The following is a cross section of some of the photos taken during our excursion in Suchitoto, El Salvador. The photo challenge was to capture the heart and soul of the town and there is no doubt that these photographers met the challenge. Enjoy!
“ You don’t take a photograph, you make it. – Ansel Adams
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