How much time do we waste wishing to obtain what we don’t have?

Weeks ago, I decided to take vacation for the first time in 5 years. However, I am addicted to work, I admit it, and therefore I could not leave aside the chance to take pictures. The plan was simple, to travel through various destinations in Nicaragua along with Joshua and Chris (a good friend of mine from New York who I met through instagram last year) in order to get to know more of my country while having several photoshoots, each one with a theme of its own.

On our second day, we headed to Playa Hermosa. For those unfamiliar with the place, it is located one hour from the city of León. Usually when I shoot at the beach, I’m hoping to find white sand at the location, even though I already know that my region’s geography does not offer that. Indeed, the sand was volcanic, so it was the opposite to what I was looking for aesthetically. To my surprise, Chris, for whom white sand is as common as mosquitos for us, found the darkness of it to be particularly beautiful and exotic. Then, I ignorantly asked: So you do not have dark sand over there? “No,” he replied, “since we have no volcanoes.” At that moment, I realized how close minded I was, since I was not exploiting the resources I had at my disposal. I was overlooking the beauty that dark sand and the paradise I had in in front of me had to offer, all because of my desire to fit international standards. So I proposed to Chris: Would you like do a Nicaraguan themed photoshoot? He immediately replied that he would love to.

Something I enjoy about being a photographer is the learning experience I get from each shoot, and individual I have the honor of photographing. This time, however, I took a stronger life lesson than I ever imagined. By taking the time to select locations and traditional Nicaraguan props, I realized the country, it’s geography and culture had a lot to offer as inspiration sources. I used to spend way too much time treasuring what others possess, and proudly share with the world through their art, that I forgot to appreciate what surrounds me. I wonder, if we profess to love Nicaragua, why don’t we talk more about our country? My reasoning is simple: Ironically it seems easier to look outside and take references of what others have already done than to focus on unique ideas based on what we already know. Will we ever be able to open our eyes? My faith says yes.

Model: Chris
Hair: Joshua Barnutty