In front of the lens in Bolivia

Standing out at a Bolivian fiesta is unavoidable when you’re a six-foot gringo running around with a beefy camera. Not that standing out is something I wanted to avoid. In fact I’ve found through the years that rather than trying to hide behind the camera, it is far better to use it as a tool…

The Young Untouchables

Here’s another diptych of the stars of any Bolivian Fiesta, the musicians. These two young guys are in a group called Los Intocables (meaning the untouchables, but with the double pun to the effect of ‘the unplayables’ in a musical sense because the verb to touch also means ‘to play’ in a musical context in…

Saints on Parade

Fiestas in Bolivia have a very strong religious grounding. Amongst all the costumes, drinking and dancing is a deep spirituality. It draws heavily on indigenous beliefs and customs as well as christian ones. There are also of course creative mixtures of the two. At this fiesta in San Pedro, most people spoke Spanish as a…

I tilt my hat to you

Drawing a feeble link between the content of this post’s photo and today’s date,  remembrance day, I tilt my hat to the veterans. Though I will also point out that WWI was an imperialist war that in my opinion served Australia in no way. We got slaughtered for king and country, a country not even…

Mirror Mirror

Here’s another dancer portrait from the San Pedro fiesta in Bolivia I attended in April this year. I think the colours and light in this shot are great. You can see a lot of beautiful diffuse light being reflected into the face of the main subject from the shiny dress of the dancer in the…