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Colombia Street Photography

Colombia Street Photography

With the Fuji X-T2

April 2017

It was in 2010 when I first heard all about the country that was on every traveller’s lips when I was travelling around South America. Colombia, I was told, not only had the friendliest and most welcoming people, and the most beautiful landscapes and old colonial towns of any South American country – but it was also the one they felt the safest in during their travels. Being a child of the 80s and 90s, I couldn’t help but have a deeply ingrained view that what they were telling me was completely wrong...! In fact, I’d go as far as to say were it not for my mate, Guy, who has been living in Bogota for the last year, re-assuring me that the country was every bit as beautiful, safe, and welcoming as I’d heard seven years before, I still would’ve thought twice about heading over there by myself. I can't tell you how crazy that is to be thinking that now.

But like with any of these things, you have to go out and explore for yourself, and make up your own mind. So at the end of March, I took myself over there and spent a couple weeks exploring the country with Guy, and getting to know the people. The pictures below are a snapshot of the places we explored - there’s Jardin, a small mountain village full of cowboys; Medellin, Pablo Escobar’s old haunt, and party capital of the country; the beautiful (but touristy) old colonial town, Cartagena; the small Caribbean island of Isla Grande, with its 800 inhabitants, some of whom have never left the island; and finally the capital, Bogota. Quite a lot to pack into two weeks, and next time I’ll be keeping the street photography to a minimum, and instead get into nature and visit the Coffee Zone and Pacific-coast side - Colombia really is blessed with a wealth of options to explore.

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A quick word on how it was shooting out there. There were certain areas that were definitely still sketchy, changing from tourist safe-haven to quite seedy within a single block, as was the case in Medellin. So locals advice on where and where not to go could prove rather handy. Then again there were some areas that locals still said to avoid unless travelling in a group, like Comuna 13, once notorious for being Colombia's most dangerous area - we arrived however to find tourists travelling up and down the long outdoor escalators in tour groups, enjoying the amazing street graffiti and the view from the top of the barrio, over-looking Medellin.

I did find that some locals would cover their faces, move away, or make it clear they didn’t want their picture taken, but they were very much in the minority. We really were on the whole welcomed in by the people, whether it was going into somebody’s home to watch a Colombian World Cup qualifier, or joining in with a couple of street parties.

All the photos were shot with the Fuji X-T2 and 23mm 1.4 (mostly set around f8), which was perfect for street photography - small, light, quiet, inconspicuous (compared to a DSLR) and the electronic viewfinder is fantastic for getting the exposure bang on in-camera. Still not as quick to auto-focus as the Nikon D750, especially in low-light, but with most my shooting taking place in day-light hours, it was more than capable.

So anyway, here’s a snapshot of Colombia, hope you enjoy.

 
‘‘The pictures below are a snapshot of the places we explored - there’s Jardin, a small mountain village full of cowboys; Medellin, Pablo Escobar’s old haunt, and party capital of the country; the beautiful (but touristy) old colonial town, Cartagena; the small Caribbean island of Isla Grande, with its 800 inhabitants, some of whom have never left the island; and finally the capital, Bogota.’’
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Comments

Hi Kristian,

Looks like you caught some fantastic memories with your shots! I’m so excited to visit myself… Weren’t you not worried about taking shots of people? Were they quite happy for you to shoot away?

Love the one where the guys are checking out that girl! That pic of the dog chilling along with many many more are so cool!

Chat soon buddy

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Christian 25 April 2017

Lovely set K-man! Been looking forward to seeing these!

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Sachin Khona 25 April 2017

Fantastic set of photos such vibrant colours.Mr Da Silva would be proud of you!!!!!!!!!

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Alan Rayner 26 April 2017

Enjoyed a lot of these massively. Especially the ones where you’re in close on the action; that takes some great people skills, great work Kristian.

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David 26 April 2017

SUPER SET. These are probably some of my favourites of yours. The way you used colour throughout is really, really striking and impressive. I will want a print for my wall old boy x

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Matt Tyler 26 April 2017

Awesome set dude! Really loved looking through them, some of your best work.

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Liam 26 April 2017

Dude! SO impressed by these… composition, use of colour, filling the frame. I think you’ve found your mojo with the Fuji.  Great set!!

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Stephen Bunn 26 April 2017

These are epic Kristian! Looks like a really striking country, would love to go.

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Dan Ward 27 April 2017

YES KMAN! Fantastic!

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Ross Harvey 27 April 2017

What an amazing set of images. You were on job as they say. Well done!

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Erran Stewart 27 April 2017

Lovely set of images. Incredible light and stories!

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Martin 29 April 2017

Wow. Very great work.

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Georg 2 May 2017

DUUUUDE! these are crazy crazy good. The fruit carrier against that awesome wall and the young girl in shades carrying a phone almost mirroring the old lady are my 2 faves!

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matt parry 3 May 2017

Awesome mate! So vibrant with great colours. Clever framing too. Well done.

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Martin Makowski 4 May 2017

These are sooooooo good. I love so many of them. Well done old chap! x

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Jordanna Marston 4 May 2017

Totally bad ass set of images. My favourite is the lady with the fruit basket on her head and the lady playing cards! You 100% smashed it.

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Eneka 4 May 2017

Holy fucking smokes dude. They are crazy good

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Kelly Clapperton 4 May 2017

Absolutely superb set! Looked straight through them again for a second time, just brilliant.

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Helen Lisk 5 May 2017

Off the charts K-Man!!  Quality!! xx

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Rousey 5 May 2017
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