Blue Hour Photo Workshops

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A Photographic Invation

Bolivia 2013

Bolivia 2013

After Vallegrande the participants of the Blue Hour Photo Workshops’ Bolivian workshop continued to the very small village of La Higuera. According to the 2001 census La Higuera has a population of 119, mainly indigenous Guarani people.

When 18 photographers, included the teachers, invaded such a small village it would seem to possibly impose quite a disturbance in the local people’s daily, quiet and otherwise peaceful life. And one would think that such a bunch of photographers would stand upon each others shoulders to take photos of whatever local individual they would find in or around the few houses that make up La Higuera.

But strangely enough it was like the village absorbed the horde of photographers invading the small community. The participants found their own turfs and came back from their daily excursions with complete different pictures. And the villagers seemed to take the invaders with stoic calm. How would they otherwise be able to take pictures of farmers waking up in the morning in their own houses – or follow a family around in their daily lives?

For the participants the openness and hospitality they were met by in La Higuera, was quite a touching experience. Not only did the villagers open their houses, but also their hearts – and the participants found new friends in a foreign country. And returned with some expressive and very strong images.

La Higuera takes an important place in Bolivia’s history of 1967. On October 8 that year Che Guevara was captured by the CIA-assisted Bolivian Army in the nearby ravine Quebrada del Churo, ending his campaign to create a continental revolution in South America. Che Guevara was held in the schoolhouse in La Higuera, where he was killed the next day.

The images following this post are taken by Henrik Bjerg.

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2 Comments»

  Playamart – Zeebra Designs wrote @

what a beautiful experience everyone had, and to have left such a soft footprint in the villages is heartwarming. there should never be borders, and it’s wonderful when totally-different cultures merge in a rewarding exchange!

  Andrew Graeme Gould wrote @

Very interesting to follow your steps through this blog…


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