Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Having the summer off for the first time since undergrad proved to have it's advantages (which certainly goes without saying). But one of the best advantages was the time it allowed me to travel beyond the restricted "two weeks" I used to get when working full time. Right in the middle of a trip to Florida I hoped on a plane with my friend Lauren and went to visit my sister in Peru for a week. She was volunteering in Lima for six weeks and I was going to take advantage of having a free tour guide :) Out of the 8 days there we spent 5 in Lima, 2 in Cusco and 1 in the mystical ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Glorious!

Culture shock is all I can say about my feelings upon arriving in Peru in the wee hours of the morning on July 7th. The streets of Lima near the airport were quiet, dark, deserted aside from them occasional streetside fire with a lone attendant. The store fronts were barred, locked and chained yet beautifully covered in signs and lettering that would become the texture to our trip. It was frighteningly fascinating. These first streets we encountered were a photographers dream, my dream, but the sights could only be captured by my memory for this was an area you didn't dare venture to with such equipment in tow. We would have to settle for the picturesque (and safe) neighborhood my sister lived in just one block from the coast, Miraflores.

Our Spanish was quite bad when we arrived but certainly improved. I was surprised at how much you could learn by just immersing yourself in an environment for one short week. They write about it in books but I never understood before. The language never became fully discernible. It was more of a chatter around us everywhere we went. Musical, like an orchestra, blending with the sounds of the city and I was an observer from my spot on the map in my hands.

Cusco, Peru...

The Journey to Ollantaytambo...

Machu Picchu, Peru...


About Caroline

I decided my destiny was to be an artist at age five when I won an honorable mention in a art competition in kindergarten. Ever since then I have been following a dream that has manifested itself in a variety of rewarding and delightful ways. I have practiced in the field of graphic design for over 8 years and recently acquired my Masters in Graphic Design at NC State University in Raleigh, NC (check out my design portfolio by clicking here if you like). But a passion that has stuck with me ever since I got my hands on my first Nikon camera in my undergraduate art education at Florida State University is photography. The instruction I received there was but a seed in what would develop over the next years of my life. Recently I have begun photographing people in their celebrations of life and could not feel any more blessed to be a part of capturing those memories.

About This Blog

A great american writer once wrote, "If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world, and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan my day." EB White penned the thoughts of my own heart. One part of me is a graphic designer working to challenge the world, seeking out problems and striving to create avenues for change. The other part is seeking out the beauties of the world and working to capture them in our memories forever through photography. This is what you will find here. Me enjoying the world. I have been truly fortunate to photograph such incredible people at truly beautiful moments in life. I can only hope that the images I've collected will forever keep alive those thoughts and emotions that swelled in their hearts and minds that day.

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