Monday, 21 April 2008

Jan Sochor: Carnival of Barranquilla

Photograph © Jan Sochor-All Rights Reserved

Here is Jan Sochor's photo essay on the Carnival of Barranquilla which brings us an explosion of colors...pulsating rhythms and swaying (and gorgeous) dancers! I can almost hear the distinctive sound of the carnival music in this essay.

Jan Sochor is freelance photographer & web designer, who makes his base in South America and Europe. He lived and worked in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain and the Czech Republic in the last five years. He focuses principally on the Latin American continent, its everyday life, social, political and cultural issues. His photographs and stories have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and publications, including Reflex magazine, National Geographic CZ, Instinkt, & Hospodarske Noviny.

Barranquilla's Carnival is celebrated four days before Ash Wednesday, and is generally considered as one of the world's largest carnivals, possibly second only to the carnival of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. UNESCO proclaimed the event as a "masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity".