It's impossible to walk through the streets of Cartagena and not notice the vibrant splashes of colors across canvases of old Spanish-era architecture. It's also impossible not to soak your shirt through by noon in the ocean-filled humid air. But Cartagena does not disappoint with it's sites and charms. After all, it's hard not to like a place where couples swoon each other while sitting in the nooks of the city wall, where provisions pour forth from food carts, where old men take their time with the crosswords and where clarinets may accompany you as you stroll through the streets.
Wheaton College approached me with a project that involved taking portraits of over 40 faculty, students and staff. The project was to be featured in their alumni magazine and the images would be used alongside quotes each individual gave. The goal of the project was to convey a mood of contemplation, prayer, and hope. The individuals photographed each had a 30 minute slot over the course of 3 days. Working with available light on location, it was an exercise in reading light, composition and creative thinking and honestly was a bit stretching--a good challenge for me. Overall I was very happy with how things turned out...here is a set of some of my favorite images. You can view the feature in the magazine here at Wheaton College's Alumni site.
Images were originally captured for a feature article on Drift Journal which tells the stories of small craftsman businesses. You can check out the original feature here. Thanks so much to Rhine Hall for giving me unique access and insight into the story that started it all.