Last week I was asked to photograph the "Kiss of The Oceans" Reception which is meant to commemorate San Diego and Panama City beginning the journey to become sister cities. As a proud San Diegan I was excited to be asked to attend something like the Kiss of the Oceans Receptions. On a personal level, I was profoundly grateful and moved because it is a huge honor to be asked to photograph something like this.
When I was a child playing around with my camera I never thought my hobby would grow into a career that led to me being asked to photograph the San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the Speaker of the Assembly Tony Atkins and a international delegation of diplomat as part of a history-making event for our city.
The event was held at the San Diego History Center on the 23rd. The history center is a place I was eager to photograph because the center not only documents our great history, but also represents a bit of our history. It was established in 1929 as the first center of its kind on the West Coast, funded by billionaire George W. Marston. If you haven't been over to Balboa Park yet to see it, I recommend that you go. There is a lot of good information to be found inside its walls, and the building has that classical Spanish style architecture which looks amazing in real life and just as beautiful in photos.
The event was named after the original “Kiss of the Oceans”, the opening of the Panama Canal where two oceans touched. We have a real opportunity to explore our history and that of the immigrants who helped make this city great.
In addition to meet and photograph the mayor, Kevin Faulconer, I was also able to take some beautiful photos of the House of Panama’s Sonares de Mi Tierra Folkloric Group.
I just want to say again that I feel extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity that Elected officials and the San Diego - Panama City Steering Committee (SanDisca) provided me and I have high hopes for the outcomes of this program.