Meet Our Experts:
An Interview with Ivan Kashinsky
Meet National Geographic photographer Ivan Kashinsky. He fell in love with photography when he picked up his father’s Nikon and began documenting his teenage life. Ivan moved from southern California to Quito, Ecuador 10 years ago, and looks forward to introducing students to his adopted homeland when he joins the Ecuador & the Galápagos Expedition.
What is your favorite part of your job as a photojournalist?
I love the challenge of entering new worlds, meeting new people, and making photos that tell a story that get people thinking about the world.
What is an important lesson you have learned throughout your travels and work as a photographer?
I have learned how to relate to people very different from myself. It is a challenge to enter the lives of others and to get them to trust you enough to open up. When you are a young photographer you want everything to happen quickly, but as you get more experience, you find the value in patience and slow determination, kind of like running a marathon instead of a 50 yard dash.
What is your connection to Ecuador?
I have lived in Ecuador for 10 years now, and have a strong connection with the people, culture, and nature.
Do you have a hero or mentor?
When I first started out, I was extremely influenced by two National Geographic photographers who worked extensively in Latin America: David Allen Harvey and Alex Webb.
Do you have any advice for our students heading out on a National Geographic Student Expedition this summer?
Start working with you camera before you leave home. I challenge you to make a photo that’s not cliché, a photo that comes from you, one I haven’t seen before a million times.