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Bogotá - Dark side of life

Usually I intend to show the beauty of places, just like many of us.
Yet, traveling to other countries isn’t only seeing pretty things, beautiful nature, architecture or whatever, meeting friendly and happy people, enjoying good food, etc. Unfortunately there’s mostly also a downside. In an honest reportage you cannot ignore this, I believe.

In big cities in Colombia, such as Bogotá and Medellin, you will regularly see homeless people on the streets. Honestly, I can’t say that proportionately I saw more people living in the streets in these two cities than in the capital of my own country. But their difficult living conditions are harder to beat.

It surprised me several times to see people lying motionless somewhere on the sidewalk. Bodies who didn't make any movement anymore while there was plenty of life around them. Of course I don’t know this for sure but something told me that this was drug-related.

I realize this is a picture that we would rather not show in our travel report but it is the reality.

In the workshop the same scene but in a more global perspective of the city.

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