Fiesta en Bolivia

A dancing Bolivian abuela twirls her matraca, a musical instrument used during fiestas. Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens. Exposure Details: 1/8 seconds @ f4 ISO 800. Flash fired.

As mentioned in my previous post, this month I’m featuring a great collection of photographs I took during three fiestas in Bolivia earlier this year.

I took this photo in the main square of a town called Sorata in the province of La Paz in the Andes of Bolivia’s west. It was the first night of festivities kicking off a three day fiesta that also included a small village called San Pedro about an hour’s drive away.

I like the way this image captures the movement of the dancers but at the same time freezes the action up front and centre. The expression on this dancer’s face makes her appear to be dreaming, adding an extra surreal quality to that already created by the interaction of movement and frozen action in the image. This is especially true right around the bowler hat and face of the dancer, right where your eye is naturally drawn too.

More to come soon.

Hasta la proxima, Cam.

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