Elliot Whalen

After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara I lingered around Southern California pondering on what I could possibly do with my newly acquired B.A in Fine Arts.  I did some freelance graphic design as well as working for Specialty Color Services Custom Photo Lab.  Although enjoying both my life and work, I decided to take the opportunity to join Verdent Collective and dip my toe into some photojournalism along with travel all over South America.

Aside for obvious reasons (getting to see South America via an ’82 Westfalia VW van), my involvement in this projects is primarily to educate myself on environmental issues and policies surrounding the Amazon region along with opening my eyes to hidden or forgotten cultures.  I believe our goals and itinerary to be lofty and ambitious, but either way I know something great will come out of my experience.

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