I is for Immerse.
My good friend Hassan is a photographer. I can't say I made him one, but I certainly took him under my wing and paved a narrow dirt path for him to traverse. He started out a student at the CDC in Indo - courtesy of 4th World Love. He spoke a tiny bit of English when I first met him and he hovered on every word that I spoke, especially when it came to explaining things about taking photos.
We'd roll around the island on motor bikes, checking in on the local folks, noting improvement in sponsored activities and he was constantly there - available to assist, happy as a clam, and always super on point. Just ready and avail to hold my camera. Waiting for me to utter one quick tidbit about any new slice of education he could possibly scrap up - notepad at the ready. He was willing and hungry to immerse himself in learning. Just like a sponge. Soaking it all in.
I tend to give him a camera every time I'm back in Indo. My random cast off technology. Not cause it doesn't take good pix. But because he deserves to have what I have. To learn on what I learned on. To have the freedom to immerse himself in a trade/craft like anyone in the Western world can do.
He sends me pix now and again - I love the macro shots and the wedding pix. He's become the village photographer. He speaks great English now. He's still a farmer at heart, but he makes me proud as a mama bear with his tenacity, gift and humor.
Hassan. My friend, the photographer.
See his pix below.