As a photographer, this experience also reinforces the idea that there is a story everywhere, perhaps right in front of your nose. There is no need to travel across the globe to make compelling imagery. I tell my students that to truly make work that speaks to not only the photographer but also the viewer, they have to make work that is uniquely theirs. Meaning, make photographs that only you can make. I learned a valuable lesson about the importance of making work that resonates with you on a deeper, more personal level. By doing so, you'll always feel emotionally vested and engaged with what you do.