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  • The most inspired I have ever been was in 2009. As a college student, I spent six months abroad skirting the academic rigors of my university to study Greek and live in a city of 1.5 million people. The experience changed me for the greater and sent my photography to a place I never expected. It also gave me a pocket full of stories and new connections I can still count on today.

    The highlight of that part of my life was Greek Easter of that year. We spent the day on the island of Santorini with a Greek family. The head of the family, who owned the hostel we stayed at, was gracious enough to include a rag-tag group of travelers in their late twenties in a celebration of life and song.

    As I sat on the front balcony of the hostel where the meal was held, I looked to the clear Greek sky and saw nothing above me, nothing in the sense of no worries, no foresight and no reflection. It was just a moment of being there and being family with a group of people from Greece to New Zealand, whom I had never met before that day.

    These types of moments are rare, but when they happen you never forget them. You also can’t see them in the horizon, but you can always be ready to embrace them.
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