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Dreams of the World: Kimberly Ryan

Kimberly Ryan, 24. Public health student. Photo © KIKE CALVO

 This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people we meet during our travels.

My dream is…I have many, but the one that has remained the same throughout my life is the one where I help to improve the lives of others, however that may be.  In high school I started a prom dress donation drive for girls in the southeastern Michigan area, in college I focused on educational disparities, and now I’m in a masters for public health program where I am learning about health policy.  I hope to work in policy to help improve the healthcare system in the US.

¨I have always been a very shy person,¨she explains. ¨ I have tried to overcome this throughout my life by putting myself in situations where I would be uncomfortable, like acting, and public speaking”. At 24, Kimberly is currently studying public health (health policy).

Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: www.colombiaphotoexpeditions.com

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