In this photo story, I want to show the city where I was born and grew up. Bogota, the capital of Colombia, has a population of about 9 million. I wanted to show the everyday life, the chaos and more through my camera lens.
The Bogota Series took me a year and a half – taking photographs one or two per week, walking downtown, meeting people and looking for new places. In this project, I focused on the most characteristic neighborhood in Bogota, Downtown (Santa Fe locality). I didn’t have any obstacles during the project, everyone was kind but sometimes I had to shoot from the hips because I wanted to show reality and avoid any fear that people may have about the camera. The experience with this project was awesome because I had to explore my city deeply. I found many places that I’ve never seen in my life. I had the opportunity to meet new people and share ideas about our city.
This photo, with double exposition, represents the chaos of the city due to over population. Bogota has about 10 million inhabitants who live in 21 localities and towns close to the city.
The amount of people in the city presents a huge problem for transportation. There is only one company of buses responsible for carrying commuters to their jobs and homes but the service doesn’t have enough capacity, making users have to wait a long time to arrive at their destinations.
Another big problem in Bogota is the high demand of cars. In 2014 the number was about 1,492,483. This represents the poor quality of life and the high levels of stress and accidents Bogotanians experience every day.
Flea Market Seller
This photo shows the typical market in Downtown Bogota that is known to be a famous flea market. Every weekend citizens and tourists visit the place to buy antiques clothes, toys, music and electronic devices of all types. This market started 33 years ago with only a few sellers in Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo and after that it was relocated to other places in the city due to a new law passed by the mayor in 1983. In this photo a vendor from the flea market enjoys a cigarette while he watches people walk on the street.
Commuter Jimenez Avenue
This photo was taken close to Jimenez Avenue, one of the most crowded and beautiful streets in Downtown Bogota that resembles the beginning of 20th century. These streets were the scene of the most important event in the history of Bogota: “El Bogotazo”, where the politician Jorge Eliecer Gaitan was killed in 1948. In this photo, a commuter in Jimenez Avenue, is surrounded by a lot of street vendors.
Homeless and Police
Photo in high-contrast, pedestrian walking up the stairs in Downtown
Photo in high-contrast. Worker walking in Candelaria neighborhood
Bogota as the capital of Colombia is the center of the country’s economy and is the most populated city. Therefore, you can see people from other Colombian cities such as: Barranquilla, Cartagena, Medellin and Bucaramanga living in Bogota. In this photo, a man wearing typical clothes from the countryside (the coffee region) walks in a Transmilenio station.
Man crying on the street. It could be the most common feeling when you live in a chaotic city. It is the feeling of impotence when you can’t do anything. It is the feeling of the lack of power. It is the feeling of being lost in a concrete jungle.
This photo was taken in one of the most historical neighborhoods of Bogota, La Candelaria. It was founded in 1538 and its architecture has been preserved. The colors of the house in the background are one of the characteristics of this neighborhood.