A Photo Essay

” I was no “Aficionado” of Street Art when I started traveling, and yes, I even must acknowledge that I have actually very seldom specifically looked for it and have spent even less time photographying it. Maybe did I have a negative image of it?

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Nonetheless, on my last trip to Colombia (7 weeks in summer 2016), Street Art caught my full attention. What fascinated me most was that those paintings actually enhanced the areas where I found them. They gave life to areas that would else be far less interesting! They also reveal the psyche of a young generation eager to participate in their own way in the cultural, intellectual & political debate of a country with a troubled history.

Street Art in Getsemani, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Street Art in Getsemani, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Of course, Bogota claims to be “The Capital of Street Art of the World”. And Street Art there is ubiquitous and particularly politically engaged. But other Colombian cities like Medellin or the very touristy Cartagena de Indias (at least the more gipsy neighbourhood of Getsemani) are not left behind…

Street Art around the Escaleras Electricas, Medellin, Colombia
Street Art around the Escaleras Electricas, Medellin, Colombia

I will not try to explain what I discovered… I am merely a layman. I will only let the pictures speak for this form of Art I encountered during this trip in Colombia… Enjoy!”

Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art around the Escaleras Electricas, Medellin, Colombia
Street Art around the Escaleras Electricas, Medellin, Colombia
Street Art around the Escaleras Electricas, Medellin, Colombia
Street Art around the Escaleras Electricas, Medellin, Colombia
Street Art in Jardín, Antioquia, Colombia
Street Art in Jardín, Antioquia, Colombia
Street Art in Getsemani, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Street Art in Getsemani, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Street Art in Getsemani, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Street Art in Getsemani, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Street Art in Getsemani, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Street Art in Getsemani, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia
Street Art in Bogota, Colombia

Biography of the author

Gilles, a French Photographer, has been traveling intensively for over 15 years. These journeys – some short, others longer like two „Trip Around the World” in 2007 – 2008 and in 2015 – 2016, took him to more than 40 countries across Africa, Asia & South America.

 

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