Other Clients

Around 2014 I was just budding into this world of photography and digital marketing. I really hadn't begun building a body of work outside of formal education. In an attempt to find my footing I worked tons of free gigs and even took on a few volunteer roles. In this section, you'll find some of my earliest work.

Blog Post for Kalu Yala

I received a call in early 2015 from a friend living in the Panamanian jungle. By May I was on a flight headed to Central America to work as a volunteer photographer for KALU YALA. This was a blog post created from the experience.

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the Panamanian Jungle community of KAlu yala

The flight had been a doozy with hiccups that nearly ruined my plans in Miami. Finally though, here I was, safe and sound in Panama City. I exchange a bit of broken conversation with customs, and eventually convince them to give me my luggage.

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The airport glass doors slide open. My eyes bulged and I was taken by an urge to gasp for air. Tropics heat. Holy shit. Beads of sweat drip from my face and within moments my shirt is soaked. “Just gotta' acclimate” I assure myself. My friend, standing across the parking lot donning a sweat stained tank top and dirty board shorts, spots me first, hoots and waves me down excitedly. I'm still trying to get my bearings. I smile and wave anyways. 

"Amigo!! Welcome to Panama, it's great to see you! Listen, I'm running late. Hop in and we'll catch up on the way."

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For about an hour we drive past slums and street venders. It's colorful and chaotic everywhere I look. My friend is pointing things out and telling stories. I'm having a hard time focusing though. I'm too visually stimulated to care. However, I do manage to catch the name of the town, Venti Quatro. 

Eventually we turn off the of the pavement onto a gravel road. The gravel quickly turns into larger rocks and eventually we're driving up what appears to be a mountain side. The type of road meant for cows or goats more than vehicles.