Years ago, as journalists, we were just writers or photographers or we made documentary videos. Today, with the ability to capture images, make them move and blend them together with audio and video, it’s an incredible time to be telling stories and these stories help us come together and understand each other better than we ever have before.
In just a few days, I’m off to Honduras. This trip is really shaping up to be a powerful project with wide-ranging reach. I’m going to meet some of the local divers and learn more about their lives and how they dive. That’s the first step to understanding what they do and why they do it. I’ll begin photographing them, and I’m taking along a digital audio recorder as well so I can record my interviews and capture sound bites along with the photos and videos—my new camera also shoots high def video. My goal is to present this as a full multimedia program when it’s done.
We’re planning to return to Honduras in the Spring to move this project along as well, conducting some DAN training for the local hyperbaric chamber and conducting some research as well. Can’t wait for this to get started.
Quick side note: Today, things have gotten even more amazing than they already were. Next month, I’m exhibiting a collection of my Russia Project photos in Moscow at an international film festival. This is an incredible opportunity to bring the project back to where it started 17 years ago. The organizers of that festival are also holding another film festival in France in May. I planned to go there as well, but wasn’t sure how I was going to afford it. The expenses are coming in lower than I expected and I just received, through the Foundation, a very large, incredibly generous donation. That makes it seem a lot more likely that this trip is going to happen..