Remembering the Balkans

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It has been a little over a week since I returned from the Balkans. I have been reviewing my photos and reflecting on my time there.

I was not there to shoot photos and come away with a story for myself. I was there teaching workshop with three other instructors on multimedia storytelling.

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This is a photo of the the three instructors: James Dockery, Pat Davison, Jeff Raymond and one of the students Allison Basye.

We spent our time helping the students with their stories.

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I ended up making a lot of snapshots. This is what we called the Balkan Harley. They made a lot of noise driving down the street.

These were photos for me to jog my memory. I wasn’t able to take the time to get the best photo of each situation. I did feel like I was able to get good photos of the setups and few shots of the other instructors teaching. Here is one of James working with Meghan Duncan.

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We navigated telling the stories through all the politics of the area. That took a lot of time of talking through the stories a few times as compared to doing a story where you can be free to say whatever you need.

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There were a few “moments” that I liked from the trip. Seeing these boys react to James Dockery was one of those moments.

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After I got that photo os the kids laughing James went back to show them some of his shots of them.

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I thought is was fun just watching people as here were the locals on the bike verses our group walking on the left.

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While walking the streets and taking photos is fun in different places around the world, they still don’t compare to being inside the homes and businesses having them share their stories.

Go here if you are interested in joining us next year. storytellersabroad.com We don’t have dates or location yet, so stay tuned.