Oaxaca Photography, Safety and Cultural Immersion: A Note From Emily Fox

Three recent New Albany (Ohio) High School graduates joined us for the just completed Oaxaca Photography Expedition: Market Towns and Artisan Villages led by Tom Robbins and his wife Sam Robbins.  I just received this note from Emily Fox, one of the participants, who gave me permission to share this with you.
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Hi, Norma,
Thank you so much for organizing an incredible week in Oaxaca. I loved everything that we did and learned so much about photography and about the language and culture. The families we met were incredible, and I can’t wait to see them again.
I always felt safe there. Mexico in general gets a bad reputation, but the people, even strangers, are so welcoming and friendly.
This experience was literally life changing and I’m so grateful to have gotten this opportunity. I’ve already told several friends about it and they want to join us next time!
I am so sad to be home! I miss Las Granadas!!
Thank you, again, for everything, and I hope to see you soon!
Emily Fox
July 2011
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Photography on location in Oaxaca, Mexico

The group was a mix of amateur photographers ranging in age from 18 to 50-something.   Some were beginners and others were more accomplished.  Everyone learned from and supported each other throughout the week.  The three young women, students of Sam Robbins,  are all accomplished photographers who are versatile using black and white film (doing their own darkroom developing) and digital photography.  It was a joy to be with and share the experience with them.

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