I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend a month photographing different indigenous tribes, wildlife and the amazing rainforests and beaches of Panama. Over the next few weeks I will be adding more information and captions to some of the photos. The following posts are a small sample of my work from the time spent in Panama


Embera Indians

The Embera Indians are native to the Darien Province, bordering Columbia. Many groups have resettled on the banks of the Chagres River closer to Panama City. The Embera were the first Indigenous tribe that I encountered. I enjoyed my time with them so much that I decided to make a second visit to their village at the end of my trip. They were by far the most friendly people that I encountered and are extremely photogenic. I spent much of my time photographing the children. If you are visiting Panama City I would highly recommend taking a day trip to visit one of the tribes. It is about an hour or so drive from the city where you meet one of the Embera that will take you upriver in a dugout canoe. You can also plan an overnight trip, but for most travelers I think a few hours in the village would be enough time to have a memorable experience. They have several intricately woven baskets and other handicrafts for sale that are definitely worth picking up.

This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip. This little guy was so serious and would stand perfectly still when having his photo taken.

The pictures of the children running in the rain are among my favorites. I spent most of the day just watching them run around and play. It was tough to leave them, they are just so happy.

Bocas Del Toro