Monday, February 25, 2008

Finally, some pictures....

Every day I wake up planning on having some quiet time during the day to add to the blog, and, like so many other things, it just seems to get pushed farther and farther down the list. It's pretty tough to make blogging my first priority when I'm in Colombia, sharing some of my favorite places in the world with some of my favorite people.
The group of thirteen has now dwindled to a more manageable six as we spend our last few days relaxing in Cartagena, but I thought I'd share some pictures from the last two weeks of activities.

Here's a picture from our first day in Bogotá. Ten foundations were chosen to take part in the photography workshop where Eliza Massey, Sasha Felix, and the other travelers, helped me teach foundation leaders and children from all over Colombia how to use digital photography to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. They were given a digital camera and continued training and support on the use of flicKr and other web 2.0 tools to help raise awareness and share images and stories directly from vulnerable and marginalized populations in Colombia.
In this shot, Eliza explains the importance of framing the perfect scene and patiently pursuing the subject of the photograph.

Here, Meredith Ralston shows a few young boys from Barranquilla how to check the photographs they've just taken.

Eliza zooms in on a serious Colombian soldier who tries not to crack at a smile at the group of giggling Americans.

Loose donkey the Milagro de Abril foundation in Barranquilla

Samuel, a deafblind 23 year old and his interpreter. Here, he demonstrates the way the braille system works and the way that computers and other new technology can be adapted to help deaf and blind people learn, express, and communicate.