13 Polaroid photos of Colombia that show a side of the country we don’t normally see
Over the course of 11 years, photographer Matt O’Brien explored the side of Colombia that usually gets ignored.
“As a photographer and a human being, I am not drawn to violence and misery, I am drawn to beauty, and I found a lot of beauty in Colombia,” O’Brien told Business Insider.
His book, “No Dar Papaya”, portrays a positive look on the country that is often portrayed in a negative light. The book will be released for the first time in the US on July 20.
Below, see refreshing pictures from Colombia that shows a side of the country we don’t normally see.
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Much of what people see in the news about Colombia is negative — drug trafficking, violence, war — but that is not all that occurs in the country. O’Brien captured the daily life of the country that gets hidden behind the breaking news.
“I brought my Polaroid and shot (photographed) quite a bit, and the idea of a project started forming because I felt the images really did capture something about Colombia that I hadn’t seen in any other photography from Colombia,” he said.
O’Brien made a total of eight trips to Colombia — some lasting from three to six months. As a California native, O’Brien first traveled to Colombia in 2003 to photograph a series about beauty contests. The next year, he was invited back to exhibit the beauty series and teach in several different cities.
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