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Pictures from Colombia

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On the road that divides La Candelaria from Las Cruces, two of the oldest neighbourhoods of Bogota The basketball court near my house, Plaza La Concordia, La Candelaria, BogotaFrom a wall opposite the National Library in Bogota. The capital has fantastic muralists and graffiti artists; education and propaganda are recurring themes in much of their work.The Catholic La Salle University in La Candelaria, BogotaA mural in La Candelaria. Indigenous culture offers an antidote to the colonial inheritance.The view from Majuy, the tallest of the hills on the western fringe of Bogota.This 'flooded balconies' plant is in Puerto Narino, a village in the department of Amazonas. Three children in an indigenous community near Puerto Narino, Amazonas. Walter Raleigh was the first European to take tobacco from the Americas to Europe; now the aliens are bringing it home. A billboard in Leticia, Amazonas.The hills around the pre-Columbian burial tombs at Tierradentro, in the department of Cauca - not a road, house or telegraph wire in sight.A smallholding near Tierradentro, Cauca.On the stone path that Geo von Lengerke built between Barichara and Guane in the department of Santander. The gateway speaks volumes about the isolation and under-development of the Colombian countryside.The fortune-seeking McCormick brothers built the bridge at Sube in Santander in the 1820s, shortly after Colombian secured its independence from Spain.Looking back towards Sube from the lower slopes of the Chicamocha Canyon. A tyrannical mayor drove the villagers out in the 1990s, but after his death, most of them returned. The story was the basis for my friend Carlos Gomez' imaginary village of Empala. A very big tree in the Parque del Gallineral in San Gil, Santander.These wax palms in Salento, in the department of Caldas are the tallest in the world.The cienaga, or swamp of the River Magdalena, as it nears the Caribbean Sea. The delta supplies the setting for Gabriel Garcia Marquez' novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, the best-known imaginary rendering of Colombian reality.A lamp post in Mompos, an isolated colonial town in the delta of the River Magdalena.A traditional village of the Kankwamo people in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Magdalena department.The iconography of Catholicism grew bloodier as I neared the Caribbean.