Remembering the Balkans

[Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 400, ƒ/5, 1/100]

It has been 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 a workshop with three other instructors on multimedia storytelling.

[Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 400, ƒ/2.8, 1/120]

This is a photo of 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.

[Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 400, ƒ/4.5, 1/2700]

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

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

[Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/2.8, 1/90]

We navigated, telling the stories through all the politics of the area. That took a lot of time to talk through the levels a few times compared to doing an account where you can be free to say whatever you need.

[Nikon D5, 85mm, ISO 100, ƒ/1.8, 1/160]

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

[Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 640, ƒ/5, 1/100]

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

[Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 400, ƒ/3.2, 1/500]

I thought it was fun just watching people as the locals were on the bike versus our group walking on the left.

[Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 400, ƒ/4, 1/100]

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

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