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Gallery Ninety: 101 ways to interpret Bolivia

Interpretive travel photography can express the personality and character of a place – even an entire country. Even more importantly, interpretive photography can go well beyond mere description. It can tell others how photographers may feel about what they see before them. Interpretive imagery helps us define the essence of a place – we can say something about our subject instead of merely showing what it may look like.

In the spring of 2014, I had an opportunity to interpret various aspects of life in Bolivia, a land-locked country that remains probably the most “real,” yet least visited nation in South America. I spent three weeks intensively interpreting life in Sucre, the white-washed colonial city that formerly was the administrative, political, and religious center of Bolivia during the Spanish rule. I also spent a few days photographing in La Paz, the capital, as well as briefly visiting places such as Iyuni, Santa Cruz, Potosi, and Tarabuco.

In the course of this nearly month-long journey, I made more than 15,000 images, kept 300, and display 101 of them in this gallery. Everyone of them attempts to interpret what I saw before me, and the captions will define the nature of each interpretation.

I present this gallery, as usual, in “blog style.” A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on a large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.