Professional photographer Matt Garceau shares his experience of photographing Cartagena, Colombia.

“The nearly 500-year-old walled city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, comprises a compact series of neighbourhoods that are surrounded by enormous Spanish walls and fortresses.  Pressed right up to the Caribbean sea, the melange of aged buildings inside are painted brilliant colours of blue, yellow, orange, and green. Amidst an enticing labyrinth of architectural attractions, vibrant pink bougainvillea spills over the cracked and peeling paint in the tropical savanna climate.”

“Within this setting, the artefacts, history, and people can make for a photographic tableau. Colourful ladies with bowls of fruit on their heads bob pass teenage boys selling cigarettes and sweets. Neighbours leaning out of their open windows to chat with passers by. People dance in the streets and stray cats mingle amongst the street food vendors. The scents of the streets are intoxicating and very intriguing to explore.”

A woman sells fruit on the streets

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

A man pushes a cart through the Gethesmane neighbourhood

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

The Centro Historico

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Early Morning in the Centro Historico

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

The Los Pegasos Statue

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

A wall decorated with Colombian colours

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

One of the many colourful doorways in the city

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Cartagena looking miniature from above

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

The Caribbean Sea on the coast of Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

A local man with a pigeon

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

The waters of Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Pigeons fly through a residential neighbourhood

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

A baseball game on the street in Gethsemane

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

A bride and carriage in the Centro Historico

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Market stalls selling souvenirs

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Yellow buildings bright against the blue sky

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Private home with bougainvillea in the Centro Historico

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

An historic church in the city centre

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Lookout along the sea front wall

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

India Catalina statue

Cartagena, Colombia, South America

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