Before spending time in Burkina Faso in western Africa, photographer David Pace had his own preconceptions:
"There’s really nothing there," he says he thought. "It’s like the worst tourist destination ever."
And, of course he adds, “all of my original conceptions were totally wrong.”
Maybe true that Burkina Faso isn’t a tourist destination, but that’s exactly why Pace ended up loving it — because “as photographer,” he says, “it’s incredible.”
Several years back, the California-based photographer was invited by some colleagues who run a non-profit there, who wanted him to photograph the organization. He went back twice the next year. And after three years, he and those colleagues started a study abroad program for the students of Santa Clara University, for which he now teaches photography in Burkina Faso.
Each visit, his eye is drawn to different themes and motifs, which helps to visually structure the place to outsiders like him.
Photo Credit: David Pace