Without a doubt, this workshop has been one of the best experiences of my life. During this workshop, we visited Mindo, and the Yasuni National Park—places where I can appreciate the connection between nature, and the human being.
Now, while going through my pictures, my mind returns to each of the places we visited, and the incredible moments I shared with my classmates, and instructors Lucas and Karine. We each had to try our best to capture images that would later be made into our conservation ‘stories.’ Lucas and Karine showed me the true essence of taking pictures. Before the workshop, I thought that the goal of taking pictures was to achieve a perfect photograph—but, little by little, I realized that photography goes beyond making beautiful photos. The true mission is to document what we see, and use the images to move an audience, and make them aware, and inspire them to ‘act,’ after seeing the pictures that are made.
I am very grateful and want to again say how important this trip was to me. I am firm in my decision to fight for the protection of nature and the environment. Now, more than ever, I have the knowledge of how to reach people through my photographs. I hope in the near future I can return the favor to Lucas and Karine for having me on this trip.Daysi Santi, 19