Day 2 was spent looking at artwork by Botero and then exploring Comuna 13. Comuna 13 was once one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Medellín. They’ve seen everything from the drug wars of Escobar to FARC guerillas. Though their painful history is recent, the neighborhood, like much of Medellín has been able to transform itself into a much safer place. They’ve built public escalators within this mountainside Comuna to help residents get around easier. Now tourists walk these streets freely riding the escalators and admiring the graffiti walls that cover the neighborhood. Having come from a poverty stricken city myself, seeing how much a community can change its image in just a few short years gives me a lot of hope. We could all learn a thing or two from the people of Comuna 13.
It's been fun exploring a more active role in creating nightscapes. Normally I just capture what I see, or at least what I see in my mind. Here, I've combined my love for electronics tinkering with my photography passion to explore some small additions to the already vibrant Chicago Riverwalk.