Destination – [Guyana] – Fuji Files {Part 1}

A little less than a month ago I purchased a small fuji camera because I wanted something small and light. I didn’t want to use my main tools to photograph random items when I’m on the go. I decided on the Fuji Film x30 after seeing a friend of mine use it while in Las Vegas at WPPI early March of this year. For only $399 it could be mine and it did become mine.

A few peers laughed and called it a point and shoot because it didn’t cost 3-4x what I paid. I decided to take it on a trip to Guyana for a destination wedding I was booked to photograph. If it wasn’t wedding day I wasn’t using any other camera than my new “point and shoot.”

While in Guyana I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with the bride and groom’s friends and family for my entire stay. Being in a foreign country you want to make sure you have someone with you at all times. It’s relatively safe there but you can’t be too careful. I found that a lot of the people were very helpful even when they spoke fast with a serious accent and dialect combined. Because I’m from Antigua and grew up with a lot of friends from Guyana it was a little easier to understand what was being said. However there were times when they spoke so fast I had no clue what was told to me.

The day of the wedding we were able to visit the market to get fresh fruits and vegetables. There’s nothing more organic than having fresh off the vine fruits. On my last day, we visited the creek where people go to enjoy themselves. I was raised on in the Caribbean sea so not seeing the blue ocean was a culture shock. The water there was red/brown which comes from the color of the ground below.  Still makes you question whether or not to step in.

One thing I enjoyed most was the currency conversion. I went to Guyana with $90US, stayed 5 days and still had money left over. The conversion is $1US equals to $200 Guyanese dollar (GT). That means I had $18,000 GT. A taxi cab is normally $500GT or $2.50US. A plate of food is about $3.00US. If you ever visit Guyana I don’t suggest taking more than $300US per person. Last thing you want to do is have a lot of GT money left over.

Here are samples of images produced using the Fuji x30:

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