The past two weeks have resulted in one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I am so grateful that I was able to experience what I experienced in the Faroe Islands.
I could go on forever about the Faroe Islands. I could go on at length about every single amazing person I met and how generous and kind they were. I could talk about the unbelievable things I witnessed and all the "life points" I gained while I was there.
I learned so much in the Faroe Islands. I learned a lot about myself as a photographer, I learned a lot about a very unique culture and I learned a lot about how to produce a freelance piece abroad.
I want to write an entire "what I learned at DMJX" piece later, but this story is going to be a huge part of that. I am so grateful for being able to travel to a foreign country and have the opportunity to produce a story like this.
I don't know when I will ever be able to have this kind of chance again, and I am so glad I was able to do an international story as a student. Because now if I want to freelance or do something for a client, I think I will at least have an idea of what goes into a story like this. Because let me tell you, I was more clueless than I could have ever imagined.
I didn't think about a lot of things that became important elements of my story. I didn't think about getting a translator, or a driver, or a guide. I wasn't so concerned about getting from point A to point B, but when you're in a country where the largest town is 15,000 people, then public transportation isn't going to be your best friend. And I don't think one should ever rely on public transportation for a story, as it can be quite limiting.
Of course, a lot of aspects of my story that I wish I could have had, such as a translator, are a result of budget. In reality, I am a student and could not fathom hiring a driver and a translator. But now if I want to do a piece like this, I know what needs to go into it to make it easier on myself.
I tried to shoot this story a bit different. I have found that I'm developing a style, but I also don't want my style to suffocate my stories. My story, "The Hair or the Hijab" would not have worked in this style — I wanted it colorful, clean, simple. But for this story, I wanted it to be mysterious, soft and a bit eerie. I wanted to make the Faroe Islands seem like a place that couldn't exist in reality.
I'm not going to lie, I am not happy with my story edit. I am also not happy with my design. But I procrastinated much too much and produced this on deadline and think it's just that time of the year where my brain is too tired to commit to a really great set of photos.
I really care about story edits and it has become one of my favorite things to do, so I will go back in the future and definitely reorder and repurpose some other photos. But I know that if I do not blog this story now, it will absolutely never get done.
I leave Denmark in less than a week, will be back in Missouri for one week and then will ship off to my internship in New York near the end of June. It's going to be an insane couple of weeks.
So, here are the Faroe Islands. I hope my love for the place really gets across in these photos. The people there have such an amazing connection to their land and the animals that live there and each other. It was so unique and great to experience.
And as for me, in the next few days I will be packing up my room here in Denmark and head back to America. It's going to be a rough time leaving this place, but I'll save that for another blog post.