I recently traveled to the small town of Cuba MO., about an hour and a half outside of St. Louis to attend Missouri Photo Workshop 68. It was my second year applying and this time I got accepted with Jack and Dorothy Fields scholarship which covered the full tuition.

The workshop was the most intense and challenging learning experience I've ever had. The faculty pushes you photographically but also challenges you to question, think, and analyze not only the images you create but also the decision you make along the way. At the end of the workshop, I felt like I'm starting from day one.. bit exciting but generally terrifying feeling. Good requirement for taking things to the next level.

Learning from the two greats, Dennis Dimick and Jim Richardson was an experience of a lifetime and lessons I learned from them I'll carry with me always. Also met some amazing colleagues and crew members whom we all shared and learned from each other as we gather from all corners of the world (10 different countries) with one goal in mind.

Big thank you to Evelia Navarro for opening her doors and allowing me to tell her story of being Mexican immigrant and citizen of the United States living in small town America.

Check out all the stories created during the workshop by the talented colleagues here

Team Gilka