Friday, December 21, 2007

New Photo Gallery "PEOPLE"

I've added a new photo gallery to my portfolio site called PEOPLE. I plan on adding to the gallery over the next few months as I travel through Colombia and Alaska.

Just a few years ago, many of beautiful National Parks and landscapes that I will visit in Colombia were off limits to the public because of drug and political-related violence. While I’m excited to make pictures in these locations, I’m also looking forward to gaining a better understanding of the Colombian people—who are starting to explore their newly founded personal freedoms as well. In Medellin, most Gen Xers spent the bulk of their nightlife locked indoors in fear of getting tangled up in street and drug crime. Their home was deemed the “murder capital of the world.” However, in the past few years, cities like Medellin and Cartagena have sprung back to life—cafĂ© and nightlife culture has emerged as groups of hipsters and international tourists spill into the sidewalks from trendy clubs and art scenes. What must it feel like to be able to travel within your own city and country without fear for the first time in a generation? Is this fearless freedom real?

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