Last month I met up with the wonderful Sana, a yoga practitioner who recently moved to Toronto from Kuwait to further her career as a nutritionist. She had such amazing energy and it was a pleasure working with her on this shoot. One thing that really stuck out to me was her view of Toronto. She says:
You may have noticed I’ve been fairly inactive on this blog recently.
Earlier this month I was offered the social media coordinator position at Treefrog, a digital marketing and tech agency based in Newmarket, Ontario.
The first few weeks involved a lot of learning and getting into the day-to-day routine of Treefrog life, but now that I’m more settled in, I’ll be back here soon with some more photography and Nicaragua posts! Until then, bear with me. 🙂
After realizing the lack of opportunities in the country for individuals with disabilities, Tio Antonio (“Uncle Tony”) created Cafe de las Sonrisas, along with a Hammock shop, both which only employ individuals with disabilities. We met him on our second day in Granada, and were immediately inspired by both his vision and words. He said to us, “I want you to enjoy Nicaragua, but also really SEE Nicaragua,” meaning get to know the history and culture of the country, and look at it more than from just a tourist’s point of view. He shared many words of wisdom with us during our brief visit, but what stuck with us the most was:
“Your camera is your power.”
What is Toronto to you?
… a place to have fun?
… where you went to school?
… a new home?
Whether you were born in Toronto, grew up here, or just visiting, everyone experiences this city in a different way.
Situated in western Nicaragua, Granada is historically one of the most important cities in the country, both economically and politically. It has a rich colonial heritage, which is seen throughout its architecture.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of photographing both a Valaikaapu (Bangle Ceremony) and Baby Shower for Sinthusha Dilukshan.
Our plane landed in Managua, Nicaragua on April 23rd, where we were picked up by a taxi arranged by G Adventures and taken to our first stop of the trip – Granada. Our drive to Granada was beautiful – reminded me of Sri Lanka, with its colourful houses and palm trees and flowers. Bougainvilleas were everywhere! Parrots and other beautiful birds were flying over us from tree to tree, and the sky was filled with the sounds of different birds.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I was given the amazing opportunity to join Photographers Without Borders (PWB) last month on a photodocumentary workshop in Nicaragua, acting as both a customer service rep for the organization and an assistant to the workshop instructor. Before I was given this opportunity, I had honestly never even heard of Nicaragua and I had no idea as to what region of the world it was in.