This is a tale of why you should take your camera everywhere and speaking up when opportunity arises. Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a huge fan of Ted Talks. About a year ago I heard about a Tedx event happening here in Barbados, so I grabbed my camera and went. I sat in the front and took photos as I listened to the speakers. At the end of it, the organizer asked if she could have my photos since their photographer couldn't make it. And that's how my photos became the official TedxYouth@Bridgetown photos last year.
Fast forward to this year, I come across a Facebook page that was featuring my photos and advertising a TedxYouth@Bridgetown event. I sent them an email and boom, I'm the photographer for the event this year. This year's event was way bigger, better advertised and seemed more like a miniature Ted conference. I should probably explain here that Tedx is basically an independent Ted event. Ted licenses its name and logo to independent organisations and communities so that persons can get a Ted-like experience without having to go to Long Beach, CA.
This event was awesome. They invited kids from all the secondary schools to attend and experience talks focused on the big questions. They had twenty-one speakers from all walks of life, all with a myriad of experiences to share. Along with the occasional recorded Ted talk, this made for an entire day of ideas worth sharing. Really, it was too much to be summarized here and I don't want to leave anyone out, so I'll just post the links to the videos when they come out in a week or so. In the meantime, here are some of my better photos from the day. More can be found on their Facebook page here and here.
Shannon Clarke showing us that it's not too hard to create a successful mobile app
Dionne Weekes spoke on marine Biology
Chef Omar Robertson told the tale of two carrots
Claire Haynes, the Catelli girl, opened our eyes to the effects of out nutritional choices
RBC set up a wall inspired by this Ted talk
Omar Kennedy, Co-Owner of AnimeKon, told us to pursue our passions
Neil Sorhaindo showed us the life of a professional stuntman
Dr. Che Corbin talked about the effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine
Photographer Riseé Chaderton talked about how photography impacts or perceptions of beauty
Artist Sheena Rose told us how to be an artist
Author Paul Keens Douglas had a lot of wisdom to share
The Tedx Youth@Bridgetown team and speakers