March 2009. Week-long volunteer trip with fellow students from my university through the public health program of Global Brigades. To say that Honduras left a deep impression in me is an absolute understatement. This trip, although it may had only been 7 days in duration, altered my world view completely and changed the course of my student involvement on campus, post-graduation work, and in fact to this day. All photos were originally in color, but as I was creating this page I felt that the unfiltered genuine emotions and raw beauty of this place, especially in the rural village where I had spent the most time, are best exemplified by the magic that black and white photographs timelessly present. Additionally, I believe that the removal of color eliminates the distraction that certain vibrant objects, whether in the foreground or background, can potentially steal the spotlight from the true essence of a snapshot in time.
It struck me as I was retouching up these images that all of them were taken with kit lenses or the “nifty fifty.” So while none of the lenses have the optical and mechanical superiority that multi-hundred-to-thousand dollar Canon “L” lenses offer, in my opinion the images themselves nonetheless serve the very same purpose – to convey the sense of humanity, joy, and to preserve fond memories.
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