By James Bloomfield
These photos were taken during a busy month for me. Helping to organize an art show, working with children in Colon for a few days, as well as a bunch of more corporate stuff, kept me on my toes. I decided to upload the photos I had taken in this period of time, as it was simpler than ever thanks to a new smartphone. I’m impressed at how well these turned out considering the tiny format. The one major thing I found to be perfect for using a smartphone was its discrete nature – no one is turning around at the monstrous gun barrel that the modern DSLR can represent.
Working with the kids in Coco Solo was an incredible experience. I will publish more photos very soon of these incredible sessions with the little ones in Colon – needless to say we were in expert hands with Cambio Creativo helping us out. We basically organized a photography and arts seminar with the children there, working them through a couple of very simple lesson plans. Bright, enthusiastic and capable of anything, I was amazed at how well Pastor Mikey and his assistants’, Jesus and Martin, have fared in crafting these children into far more than their circumstances would suggest. It is testament to over 10 years worth of work – a blog post I will save for another day!
This cross was an unusual find in Panama City. For one thing it is BEHIND the church of La Iglesia del Carmen, tucked in a nook at the rear of a secondary car park. For another it is next to these beautiful green staircases, which curve upwards into the affluent area of La Cresta, formerly the reserve of only the wealthiest Panamanian families. La Cresta and the rear of the Church speak to an old, left behind Panama, a Panama of wealth and slight decay, where huge sums of cash and real estate perch wondrously close to walls and pavements splintered by the advance of colossal jungle trees.
Here’s a link to December’s photo gallery too!