A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of meeting a few individuals within the Kumiai Indian Community while working with $100 Solution Project on a Semester at Sea Reunion Voyage that I was working on. This organization is great because they don’t just drop off food and clothing for the people and leave, rather they gather the strengths of each individual within the group wanting to help and go into the community to develop a longterm plan to help with an issue that is important to the community. In this case the Kumiai were looking to build up their eco-tourism, so we discussed business strategies, catering to tourists without losing their self identity, increasing the sale of their goods and much more. Since the trip we have worked on putting together photos,building up their site, promotional videos and ideas to help spread the word about their tourist site within La Huerta.
During the trip, I met Teodora, who is one of the leaders of Kumiai. Immediately I was drawn to her face and the life that radiated from her. This first one is one of my favorite shots that came from my time with her. It reminds of this quote…
“When you photograph a face, you photograph the soul behind it” ~Jean-Luc Godard
The rest are just a few of my favorites from that special day in La Huerta…
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