While most of the world stopped to watch the Super Bowl, The Giving Lens Nicaragua team was on the go during the first day of the 2013 workshop. What better way to bond with the children you will be teaching photography to then to have them teach you a few key phrases in Spanish? That is exactly how the morning started for our team in the Empowerment International offices.
Afterwards, leaders Jay and Varina Patel outlined our goal for day one. Help the children with photo composition. In a beautiful town like Granada, Nicaragua, composition is key. Every corner you turn, there is a beautiful door, a colorful wall, a graceful church, or simply the bustle of life in this busy, yet, surprisingly laid back corner of Central America. So off we went, just walking through the cobblestone streets, laughing and having fun with our students, while helping them make that perfectly composed photo.
But keeping our feet on pavement isn't the only way to see all that Granada has to offer. A sunset boat cruise with our students on Lake Nicaragua to fabled Monkey Island was more fitting. While the weather would try it's best to sidetrack our fun by greeting us with a nice 20 minute downpour, the team took it in stride, and learned the delicate art of photographing monkeys in the rain. Apparently, monkeys don't mind the rain, much like the wonderful team of The Giving Lens Nicaragua.
In this photo, returning TGL Nicaragua Participant Wes Lum shows the students of Empowerment International how to get the shot from the boat.