There’s an energy about Costa Rica. I can see it in the people; in the ever-widening eyes of tourists, in the infectious laughter and endless enthusiasm of interns and students, in the warm embraces of the local Ticos.
I’ve attempted to convey this bliss, this magic, in my writing, but in order to legitimately capture the genuine energy I have since decided to go straight to the source.
What follows are the premiere shots of a project I’ve started, in which subjects, whether tourists, volunteers or members of the San Luis community, spill the beans about their love affair with Costa Rica. And a shout out to Brandon Stanton, the talented and passionate creator of Humans of New York, who’s daily photographic window into people’s lives has been an inspiration.
“I love this campus. I just know in my mind what I feel like every year when I step off that bus for the first time in that parking lot it’s like ahhh, I’m here. I really do become just, calm, this joyful feeling comes over me because I know I’m going see really cool animals, I know I’m going see my friends.”
“Once you’ve seen something really special, there’s nothing like seeing it through the eyes of someone else who hasn’t seen it before. For example, I so wanted to see bellbirds, not for me because I’ve seen them before, but when you see the way those students reacted, you see it through the eyes of a first timer. Which is even more rewarding than seeing it yourself. There’s a lot of that, seeing it through the eyes of someone who hasn’t, is very rewarding.”
Blog post contribution by Alex Fylypovych, UGA Costa Rica Photojournalism Intern