Exploring Chile Through Photos

BY TOM SULLIVAN

I broke the cardinal rule of study abroad.  During my time in Chile this past fall, I did not keep a journal.  Instead, I took over 4,000 photographs.  My love for photography brought me to amazing places and introduced me to incredible people.  I found myself tear-gassed in the aftermath of a student march; in a Pentecostal church on the national evangelical holiday; wandering through a handful of cemeteries across the country; biking through the driest desert in the world; eating barbecued lamb at a community bingo game on the island of Chiloé; photographing the president on election day; dancing with old Chilean women in a smoky restaurant.  I have the ability to revisit these times without having to struggle through my terrible handwriting.  My camera motivated me to explore, get lost, and practice my Spanish.  It kept me hungry.




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