Harvesting mushrooms in Bolivia April 20, 2011
One of our days in Bolivia included shooting stills and video of a local entrepreneur harvesting mushrooms near the small village of Villa Victoria in the district of Cuchumuela. The village has a fairly sophisticated water delivery and monitoring system that allocates water for pine seedling growth that they plant in a nearby forest. After a few years when the seedlings have grown taller they create a perfect environment for growing these amazing mushrooms. My challenge was to capture the images that tell the story in the most compelling way. This wasn’t a “how-to” type shoot or purely documentary in nature. We were going after the type of imagery that makes the viewer stop and look. The video portion of the shoot is a bit more process driven but the shot selection and editing work to weave together a short story of successful and sustainable outcomes.