“Last January I embarked on a two week trip to Trinidad and Tobago, a small Caribbean Island county right above Venezuela. It is tropical and beautiful – full of color and warmth. I had been hired as the photographer for the trip. I was stoked to begin creating images and capturing memories for the trip participants. I was beyond grateful for the opportunity to boost my portfolio in such a meaningful way.
This trip was a sociological travel course through my alma mater, who encourages students to engage with the Caribbean culture and communities present in Trinidad and Tobago. Each student had a project with a specific focus that they are to research while there. This required extensive conversation with the locals. To me, this was the most life changing aspect of the trip. Traveling with the intent of learning about and experiencing foreign culture and the people who live it, is something I think is lacking in modern day tourism.
To share your culture and experience local culture with locals was a gift! The authenticity I experienced in Trinidad and Tobago was unparalleled in any trip I had been on before. Ideally, I would love to always travel to experience culture. It is nice to see sights and the natural beauty of other places, but the beauty within people is something that is beyond explanation – something that can only be seen if you take time and effort to engage with the people whose home you are visiting.”