Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

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Visions of Street Performers

A less extravagant photo than the title suggests, this was a shot I got from one of the many street performances from the historic center in Quito. The one act detailed a meeting between camera-toting, backpack-wielding westerner and the primitive unchanging native. As most dramatists might hope for, I immediately felt a connection to the actor, as my own camera was at the ready. Looking back at the picture, I can’t help but feel lucky to have gone to the historic center that day, being given the opportunity, through the spontaneous act of street theater, to see through Ecuadorian eyes what my being there felt like.

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