Crystal A. Wells

Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

Connect people from different cultures through storytelling

Adventure makes you feel...

Humbled

Favorite type of adventure?

To me, there is no greater honor than to hear and tell people’s stories. Most of my work takes place in the aftermath of natural disaster, war, famine, and disease and I am constantly blown away by how, even when loss and destruction is everywhere, people are so incredibly resilient and often very generous, even when they have little to give.

It is hard to say these adventures are my “favorite,” but I do feel deeply humbled to be there and try to share the realities people are facing through photography and storytelling.

Favorite adventure to date?

I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Somalia in 2014 with the NGO Concern Worldwide and hear from people who lost their crops and were facing food insecurity from yet another drought.

Somalis are the most resilient and resourceful people and the team I was has dedicated their lives – often at great risks to themselves – to help their country.

It was really an honor.

What is your next adventure planned?

I am traveling to Kumamoto, Japan, which was hit by strong earthquakes in April, with the international humanitarian organization International Medical Corps.

The team there is helping people who are still living in evacuation centers and are not able to return home yet – particularly the elderly – and I will document that work and share stories of those still impacted by the earthquakes.

Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

On a personal level, I would love to trek the Ethiopian Highlands.

The landscape and the people are so beautiful and would love to document people’s way of life there.

The person/people who inspire me most to take an adventure...

I am take inspiration from a number of female journalists who have dedicated their lives to telling the truth and shining a light on injustices in our world.

This was a profession that was largely dominated by men.

Women can often get access that men cannot and if we don’t have female journalists, we often lose the perspective of half the population.

There have been a lot of pioneers in changing this, but some women I have personal admiration for are Christiane Amanpour, Lynsey Addario, Clarissa Ward, and Arwa Damon.

Adventure item you can't live without?

My camera, Moleskin notebooks, and coffee.

How can people follow your adventures?

You can follow me on:

Twitter at @CrystalAWells

IG @cawells464

You can see more samples of my work at crystalawells.com