It’s a rare privilege to witness someone making their first photograph and discovering the magic of photography. That’s exactly what happened when Armando and I were working with the Mayan Women’s Center in a remote village in southern Belize. As many of you know, where The Photo Frontier goes, so goes our Fuji Instax cameras. We have made so many friends by sharing photos with the kind people we meet. On this day, while talking through our Mayan interpreter, the matriarch of the village said….
I have never taken a photograph before. I don’t think I could do it.
With some reassurance form us and the other women of the village, we were able convince her she could do. Moments later, she clicked the shutter and produced her very first photograph, which happened to be a picture of me. I did the same for her. Separated by language and thousands of years of history, we stood together and watched these two photographs develop. I have always said there is something transcendent about art. It’s a common ground that breaks down the barriers that divide us. This belief has never been more powerful than it was at that moment.