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The theme this week over on Twitter’s Friday Fotos is “Faces” and I could not resist sharing a few shots from my “Faces of Belize” project that I started last summer during my Road Warrior stint for the Belize Tourism Board. The Board planned on sponsoring my exhibit in Belize City — and prints even ready thanks to my editor at the time (who ironically is co-hosting this week’s #Frifotos) – but unfortunately, we ran out of time on the tail end of my trip.
A year later, the portraits remain in storage because I decided to wait and have collected more along the way on my independent trips. I plan on continuing to capture and show the amazing diversity in Belize and display them at the right time.
Except for this teaser! Motivated by FriFotos and in light of Belize’s upcoming September (Independence) Celebrations, this year appropriately themed “Many Faces, Many Dreams, One Goal”, I couldn’t help but share some of these with you.
Behind each smile, gaze and wrinkle is a warm soul who welcomed me to his or her corner of the country and kolcha, sharing time and love selflessly– from different walks of life and different heritage. From the amazing Garifuna musical hero Paul Nabor to Lilly, a Mayan student at Caye Caulker’s Ocean Academy who loves her guitar, to Andrew a Mennonite with some Spanish blood, to the First Lady of Belize, a beautiful Creole lady and humanitarian. For their stories and more portraits, you’ll have to stay tuned for the full exhibit!
Today’s bonus postcard is a special request from me to all of you wonderful readers – to please send all your positive thoughts and vibes to this wonderful lady pictured above as she continues to rebuild her health.
Most of you know how I met First Lady of Belize, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow. The first time was last year during my assignment in Belize with the Belize Tourism Board. You also read about the second photo shoot I was assigned to complete of her while she was still undergoing treatment, for a UK magazine cover and feature this past February on women of strength. The above image is an outtake from our shoot.
Kim was unexpectedly hospitalized this week and in intensive care after some complications from her radiation treatment, but she is now stabilizing. Knowing her true strength of spirit and faith and all the love and support that surrounds her, I know she will be fine and stronger than ever. Still, I am asking if you could please take two minutes out of your day today to send good Continue reading