These photographs tell the story of travels in Jamaica with my dear friend and fellow photographer Daniel DeBlasio. The mission was to teach a photography workshop for twelve young men at the Paul Bogle Vocational Training Institute and Trade School, in Lyssons. We were invited by our friends at The Source Farm Eco Village and Learning Center, who help to supplement the trade school’s formal training with lessons and workshops in sustainability and the arts. Not far from the school, the family that own and operate The Source Farm hosted us at their farm and educational Eco Village in rural St. Thomas.

Each day for two weeks, Danny and I went to the school to teach the technical functions of the camera, basic art and design principles, hold classroom critiques, and take the students into the “field” to practice shooting. When not working hands on during workshop hours, or printing and framing the students’ work for the gallery, we spent our time exploring and photographing colorful Jamaica with our own cameras.

For the few months leading up to the trip, Danny and I created and held several fundraisers to purchase cameras for each of our students, and a quality photo printer. Later, we donated the cameras to our students at the final gallery opening held to showcase their work, and the printer was left with the school for future use. The final weeks prior to our brief trip were spent creating lesson plans and planning a course of action for what would become an incredibly inspiring, exciting, and eye opening journey for us both. I created these photographs to document our adventures in beautiful Jamaica.

A little write up about our project in the Jamiaca Gleaner can be found here: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120128/life/life5.html#disqus_thread

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