A Worn Soul in South America

Bogota, ColombiaIn the early 1990s, Kerry was invited by his friend, Kevin Hinman, to go to Bogota, Colombia to visually document a training program he was doing for pastors. While there, Kerry was invited to go with a some people who worked with Lindsey Christy’s organization that took food to the poorest of the poor in the city. It was a cloudy day and the smell of the soup permeated the van as they drove to their destination. When the van stopped, Kerry noticed that there was garbage everywhere and people were picking through the garbage. He was asked to not get out of the van or at least not to go far from the van as the place was so dirty that diseases were found in that area that were not yet documented anywhere else. Staying close to the van, he took a few photographs of people who came to get a bowl of soup. He was saddened by what he saw. The desperate poverty in that area juxtaposed by the wealth he had noticed in other areas of the city. It made him feel guilty that he was a part of those who had and this man had so little. It also made him feel grateful for the things he did have.

This photo touches me deeply. This man’s eyes are so expressive and show subtleties of various emotions. He seems intrigued and a little amused by this foreigner with a camera and that he should be the one getting its attention. He seems friendly, but at the same time I see in his eyes a wariness and a hardness.

What do you see when you look in his eyes? What emotions does it stir in you? Share them in the comment section below.

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