Siempre Adelante → Always Forward
"When I was 19, I traveled alone for the first time to a developing country to intern for an NGO within the impoverished district of El Porvenir in Trujillo, Peru. I worked with the mother of three children on the meaning of profit in her small home front store, I taught a photography course to a group of secondary aged school children, and I monitored the library and homework help sessions. With my students, we painted a giant mural about el día y la noche; the day and the night. It was the first time I had figured out, first-hand, what the word poverty meant. It was also the first time I had truly lived it, but I knew it would not be my last. It was a life-changing three months and I believe it inspired my life's direction. So, one day during my lunch break I ran downtown to a small tattoo parlor and paid thirty soles for a small arrow on my pointer finger to remind me of that 19 year old girl every time I look down; a girl who sees the entire world right in front of her, vast and full of endless possibilities."
In 2014 Carter earned her BA in International Health and Development with a minor in Photography from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. After graduation, she spent the summer and fall in Aspen, Colorado working as a Photographer for the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, as well as, a volleyball coach at Aspen High School. In April 2015, she began her service in the United States Peace Corps as a Healthy Youth Volunteer in Lesotho; a small country completely surrounded by South Africa. Her work is inspired by life, people, culture, beauty and the human reality. She is fascinated by the immensity of our world and the human experience. The photographs on this site are from her travels through which her adventurous spirit has taken her to celebrating Día de los Muertos on top of a mountain in Chiapas, Mexico, or to accidentally jumping on top of a 40 foot Whale Shark in the Caribbean Ocean, or to Lesotho now as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. Her work as a freelance photographer in interior design, portraiture, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and other various opportunities she has taken in the past few years have greatly expanded her portfolio.
Above all, she is amazed by the power an image can have on society and its truthful ability to portray reality, however dark it can be. As a tool for social change, she hopes to use her photography to, in small or large ways, make the world a better and more honest place.
"From August 2015 - June 2017 I will live in a town in the mountains of Lesotho called Thaba Tseka. 'The Sesotho word thaba means ‘mountain’, and tseka refers to the color white when it is mixed with another color. Tseka is often used to describe the mixed coloring of animals, such as a cow that has patches of both white and brown. As for the town, the name Thaba Tseka originates from cliffs that are positioned above the village of Patise in Kolberg. The cliffs bear a persistent, mysterious white color, mixed with the black and brown of the rocks.' Thaba Tseka is the youngest district in Lesotho. It was only less than ten years ago that they paved a long winding, mountain road to the town. Although sometimes sleepy TT has a hospital, a bank, a post office, and a number of small shops. Occasionally, we get cheese, watermelon or avocados in our stores and the Peace Corps Volunteers hoard it all. During my two year Peace Corps service I am partnered with the Catholic Commission of Justice and Peace. Their headquarters are located in the capital and I often spend a significant amount of time there assisting in grant writing, and reporting on human rights projects in Lesotho. Now, over a year into my service, I categorize my work as diverse. Through implementing the Healthy Youth project goals of combatting the HIV/AIDS endemic in Lesotho I have taught adolescent health, organized a BRO (Boys Respecting Others) Camp, and helped reduce HIV stigma and discrimination through local art projects. My stress release comes in the form of coaching the district Boys Volleyball Team. My main job, however, has been to assist a local community radio station, Motjoli FM, in strengthening their organization and programs for the community of Thaba Tseka. As an aspiring journalist myself I really enjoy working with these young motivated youth. I plan to document and share my experience in Lesotho frequently through writing and photographs on my Blog, Facebook, and Instagram."