Man, talk about a tough place to work. Ten days, seven rolls.
These were done a few years ago, actually, quite a few years ago now, but I was uploading them to Flickr and thought I would share a few.
My experience was that Bolivians were not thrilled with tourists in general, especially those with cameras in their hands.
A friend had gone to Bolivia a few months before I had, and after his return I took the opportunity to take a peak at his images. Looking through the chromes I found an odd point of view, an odd level of where the camera was being held.
I asked about it and he said, “I took the prism off and was shooting from the waist.” “If you even put your hands on the camera people will instantly cover their face.”
He wasn’t kidding. A tough place for sure, but landscape wise, incredible. Elevation, incredible. Poverty, incredible.
Would love to go back, with time….and be able to really find a place to get to know.
I also landed right in the middle of a national water/transportation strike, which meant it was nearly impossible to move around. Roads were blocked, taxi, bus, etc, all shut down. Got stranded in Copacabana, then Sucre. Never made it to Potosi.