Our cameras have become a bridge between travelers and those living
in the special places we all like to visit.
Over the past few
years, we've spent a good deal of time in South America where, with great groups of photographer friends, we
were able to spend serious time interacting with local Andean
villagers. We did our best with Spanish and some of us even
tried a little Quechua.
But, it was our
ability to capture an image and then immediately show it to
someone on the back of a camera that really broke the ice.
Locals were able to see themselves through our eyes. Images
elicited laughter and awe.
The sharing itself
closed the physical distance between people whose worlds and
lives are so far apart – to where we were as close (physically)
as two friends from the same culture.