Laura Stull

Photojournalism in Central America

Laura Stull
Photojournalism in Central America

While volunteering with a medical trip in Guatemala, I doubled as a Spanish interpreter and photojournalist. Accustomed to the leisurely pace of landscape photography, this venture into the speed and spontaneity of photojournalism was an exciting challenge.

Street photography in Antigua felt well within my comfort zone. But the chaos of clinic days required concerted effort and discomfort with a once-familiar medium. Despite ever-changing surroundings, I made as many photographs as possible, alternating between my prime 35mm lens and mid-range zoom lens. Hunting for photographs was much more exhausting than I expected, and though it was often difficult to isolate a subject in the midst of a busy background, I ended up pleased with more photographs than I expected. 

Though landscape photography has my heart, these patients in Guatemala gave more than enough reason to step away from the wilderness for a few days!