For the last couple years, I’ve been interested in a project that combines my diving occupation with my journalism and photography background.
In two weeks, I’ll go to Honduras for work, but one of my tasks while I’m there will to begin photographing and documenting the lives of the Moskito Indians who harvest the sea using scuba. These groups exist all over the world: poorly trained and barely equipped, they dive over and over again to collect lobsters and sea cucumbers. In doing so, they often sacrifice their health and safety. They make dives that no recreational diver would do and hope to survive –often they don’t.
The name of this blog is Adventure with a Purpose. It’s the same motto that appears on my website as well. A friend gave me that idea while we discussed the importance of understanding the world by seeing it and experiencing it. Adventure for adventure sake is fine, but if you don’t learn about the world, and understand and appreciate the people that are in the world, you are still little more than a tourist. Nothing wrong with tourism of course, but its superficial. It’s fun to just walk around and look at things, but if you don’t stop and understand the people who built those things and develop an appreciation for what was in their mind when they did it, what have you learned?
Like I said, in two weeks, it’s off to Honduras and I plan to use this blog space as a way to send out updates from that trip. Two weeks after I get back from that trip, I turn around and go back to Russia to exhibit a collection of my photographs in Moscow. And the really cool part, I get to see Moscow through the eyes of someone who has never been there. I’m taking my mother along on that trip. I’ll be sure to post thoughts and impressions from that trip as well.
Come along for the ride and find a purpose!.