A few moments

March 3, 2009 by

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last thought …

February 25, 2009 by

Looking back at the El Salvador trip it is hard not to glorify my experience because we did so many amazing things and met so many gracious people. Even though the overall trip was amazing, there were a lot of obstacles and challenges that I had to overcome. The number one barrier for me was language. Since I did not speak Spanish it was very difficult to communicate and it was a very humbling experience. Due to my inexperience of the language I was scared to shoot alone because I was afraid someone would talk to me. I almost never shoot with other photographers and I know now how difficult it is. After a couple of days I was tired of my excuses and wrote down some very basic conversational Spanish and strayed away from the group in Perquin. Even though it happened to be a Saturday morning and barely no one was out, it was an amazing experience to walk around alone for the first time in El Salvador. It was very foolish of me to not be prepared in learning at least basic conversation but part of me is happy that I was finally able to get over my fear of looking stupid. I also realized the power of the camera and it’s ability to act as the bridge between my subject and me when language cannot be used.

I am grateful for my trip and all the people who allowed me to photograph them and the people who were able to tell their stories. I only hope that this will not be my last time visiting El Salvador.

Thinking Square

February 25, 2009 by

Something that struck me while on the trip in El Salvador was the fact that sometimes; there is no way to communicate to another person.  I have traveled outside the US before but I guess it never crossed my mind that I would be in this position.  Everywhere I have traveled there have been people who speak English.  It’s not that I’m naive to the point that I thought people speak English everywhere; I just hadn’t been put in that situation until my trip to El Salvador.  Knowing a minimal amount of Spanish I felt like people thought I was stupid when I couldn’t talk to them.  I spent the eleven days trying to pick up their language as best as I could.  So many people in my position would probably fight the situation and seek out someone who spoke their language, rather then adapting.  I feel that if you place yourself in a situation where YOU are the foreign one, and then it’s your responsibility to adapt to your surroundings.  This idea got me thinking, what about all he Salvadorian’s that have migrated to the US? Have they learned English? Almost on a daily basis I come across a person who doesn’t speak our native language, English.  Now, isn’t that the same as my experience in El Salvador? When I’m at home and someone doesn’t speak my language do I think they are stupid? The Answer is no, I don’t think they are stupid, but from time to time I think they are lazy for not adapting to the culture they are living in.  Why fight the system?  If you can walk the walk and talk the talk then in the end, won’t you come out ahead?

Now that I’m back in the US I am exploring the ideas of language barriers. 

Hello everyone, here are some scans Ive gotten together of my negs, and journal entries.elsalvador055elsalvador038elsalvador039elsalvador049elsalvador061elsalvador048elsalvador034elsalvador033elsalvador069elsalvador035elsalv_span2elsalvador037

February 24, 2009 by

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Just a few frames

February 1, 2009 by

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Hey Nicky Naked!

January 30, 2009 by

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El Mozote, El Salvador.

January 29, 2009 by

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¿Cambio?

January 27, 2009 by

In a great coincidence of timing we were in El Salvador in the weeks running up to their elections. The energy level was just as high as the US election, with posters and murals doubling everyday.

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Here are some articles about the election results—  APReuters BBC, and Miami Herald.

While searching for the election results I found this article about a loan from the IMF— “The goal of the IMF-backed program is to provide adequate liquidity to the country’s economy, the Fund said. It is also designed to inject confidence in the economy by reducing uncertainty over the country’s economic policies in the run-up to March elections, and in the first months of a new administration.” Hm.

the gang in El Salvador

January 20, 2009 by

Children at the Market in Suchitoto, El Salvador

January 19, 2009 by