Sunday, August 12, 2012

Vintage Photo

Colombia, circa 1970






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  1. Manu

    August 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Wow. I absolutely cannot stop looking at this picture

    • Hannah

      August 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      I agree with you! It’s far too interesting to take our eyes off of it!

    • Andrea

      August 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Yes! It’s compelling. It really looks like a scene from a Wes Anderson film!

  2. Natasha Fatah

    August 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

    This has to be one of my favourite vintage shots you’ve shared.
    I’m hoping that we’ll go to Colombia in the next two years so this just fuels the fire. :)

    ~Natasha Fatah~

  3. Gon

    August 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

  4. Opposite Lipstick

    August 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

  5. cafesita

    August 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

    love love!

  6. ttea

    August 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

    That’s a very interesting mix of suits, and more traditional, colourful ponchos. It’s also confusing because one of the boys that looks like the ones in the suit is wearing a green and blue poncho. It looks like two family photos from two different countries put together (with the exception of the boy in the blu and green poncho). Very interesting photo.

    • Madrid boy

      August 13, 2012 at 3:43 am

      it is a combination of two families from the same country, though radically different social classes. It is a small gesture

    • Antony

      August 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      That’s a girl in the blue and green poncho

    • JosĂ©

      September 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

      As a precision, in Colombia the preferred term is ruana. “Poncho” is not used to designate this type of overgarment.

  7. Laura

    August 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Nice photo, love the mix of cultures!

  8. Martha

    August 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

    looks more like Greece, but great picture and very interesting mix.

  9. Sevan

    August 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I’m intrigued. I’d like to know more about these men and children. Is this a school trip ? What are the old buildings behind them ?Are these gorgeous capes called “ruanas” ? Could we ask Bianca to tell us more ?

  10. Ana

    August 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Sorry but that’s Bogota, it’s the presidential palace (Casa de Narino)

    • Paula

      August 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

      I’m with you.

  11. alberto

    August 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I do love it when the local indios grab some tourists for a nice photo op. It’s often done in my hometown. The people of my village, once they were given a camera and told how to use it, have not been able to stop taking photos–of themselves and others. Usually it is OK.

  12. Highland Fashionista

    August 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

    This is one compelling photograph. Beautiful.

  13. Caroline

    August 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    That image actually looks quite modern to me.

    • Tatiana

      August 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      I agree.

  14. Elisa Echeverri

    August 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Beautiful vintage image from my dear Colombia but it’s actually not taken in MedellĂ­n (where i’m from), it’s taken in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia.

    You can tell by the architecture and how these characters are dresses. The shot is exactly in La Plaza de BolĂ­var, ouside one of the government building you can find there. Here’s a general image of the place:

    Bogotá is actually quite cold and that’s why indians from the region dress with warm ponchos. Here, in MedellĂ­n, we don’t have indian colonies anymore and the temperature is way warmer.


    • Jimena Sanclemente

      August 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Sorry I don’t think that picture was made in Bogotá. The indians in the picture are called Guambianos from GuambĂ­a, Cauca Province, Colombia’s south. The picture could have been taken in Popayan, Cauca’s capital, in some government building.

      • Gil Cabrera

        August 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        Nope. This picture is indeed taken in front of Palacio de Nariño, the presidential palace facing Plaza de Bolívar in downtown Bogotá. As soon as I saw the columns, without looking at any comments or captions, I know where the shot had been taken. The men could very well be Guambianos, but the picture is in Bogota.


  15. Hannes

    August 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    This is an interesting shot, but a really weird crop though.

  16. Marta

    August 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Great pic!!!

  17. SebastianMx

    August 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Great picture!!! one of my favorites!!!!!

  18. Elizabeth

    August 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Iwanna know the story, why’re they standing together and are they the members of one family) Anyway they look cute together dressed in different styles)
    Strong faces, really cool)

    • Shannon

      August 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      It’s my family! My dads side, him and his siblings. He’s one of the twin boys

  19. Ana

    August 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Nice photo, but I think this is not Medellín. This place is in Bogotá, Colombia. And the natives can be from Cauca, Nariño or Ecuador, not from Antioquia (Medellín)

    • Zulma

      August 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      That’s correct! The indigenous people is from Cauca, located at southwest Colombia.

  20. RYEP

    August 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Brilliant! Street fashion at its best! Thanks

  21. Duse Pasteller

    August 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Wow! A bit difficult to find words for yhis photo…
    But the child with the hat is so cute!

    • Duse Pasteller

      August 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      I meant that its hard to find words, in a POSITIVE way…!;)
      A fantastic mix!!

  22. kay

    August 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    fantastic double breasted coat.

  23. Paula

    August 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Beautiful photo!!! Love the colors, especially the kid in the blue and green ruana (which is how we call it here, instead of poncho).

    I have to say… I don’t remember such structure in MedellĂ­n, looks more like la Casa de Nariño in Bogotá:

    Still, lovely image.

  24. The Garage Starlets

    August 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    That is mesmerizing!

  25. rnunez

    August 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    This picture puts two starkly different segments of the colombian society in one piece. I like the unity that it portraits between people in contrasting realities although sharing the same culture and national identity. The background may be an historical Colombian building perhaps? The expression in their faces still intrigues me though

    You can find similar situations in all Latin America. Fantastic picture, colombian boys getting it done with style back in the day.

    • Ana

      August 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      This building is The Nariño Palace (El Palacio de Nariño), the principal goverment building, placed in Bogotá, not in Medellín. And they (the natives) are not from Bogotá! Nor Medellín (Not now, nor in 1970). They can be from Cauca, Nariño or another Country: Ecuador.

      There are not natives neither in Bogotá, nor in Medellín, many, many years ago. You can find natives colonies in places far away from the colombian cities. Generally, these natives are in the cities because they have emigrated from their towns.

  26. Ryan

    August 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Such a peculiar and thought-provoking photograph. Love it!

  27. José

    August 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    i absolutely love my country! :D

  28. DavidPi

    August 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Probably the photo was not taken in Medellin but the ” Capitolio Nacional de Colombia” in Bogota.

  29. Miss L

    August 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    This looks very cool! I love how unique this looks.

  30. Matheus Perelmutter

    August 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    It’s incredible how this picture looks so current today

  31. Saskia

    August 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    It’s fantastic & breathtaking. I’d love to know the story behind this picture.

  32. Juliana Amézquita.

    August 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Indigenous people of colombia characterizes themself by the originalty, color use and elaboration of their costumes. Bags and accesories are done in a precise and meticulous way.

    I love my country!!

    • cynthia

      August 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      …should know it´s Bogotá, not Medellin

  33. Esteban Jaramillo

    August 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    This is not in MedellĂ­n. It is in Bogota.

  34. katie

    August 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    This looks like a still from a Wes Anderson film. I love it!

  35. isabel

    August 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    wow! amazing vintage shot!

  36. Tomek

    August 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Medellin. City of Pablo. You can find fashion even in that kind of places.

  37. Clo

    August 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    This vintage photo is so interesting, is a mix of feelings, i like it !!
    The child with the hat is very sweet ;)

  38. Tatiana

    August 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I’m from Bogotá, and this place isn’t MedellĂ­n. It is Bogotá, Colombia.

  39. Johnny

    August 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm


  40. Susana

    August 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Aw, I’m from MedellĂ­n. A picture of my city on The Sartorialist <3 Love it.

    • cynthia

      August 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      are you???

  41. Jen

    August 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Love this! Everyone’s expression and posture are priceless. Almost looks like a still from a Wes Anderson film :)


  42. JuanaS

    August 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Colombia, as most of Latin America, is an amazing mixture of cultures.  All ethnic groups (latinos of european descent, indigenous, and africans) are highly aesthetic-oriented so you see some pretty great style and architecture (contrary to what hollydoowd has shown). It is an awesome reality and this picture captures its cultural richness pretty well.

  43. David

    August 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    How wonderful!

  44. Santiago

    August 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    It’s Bogotá, the colombian capital.

  45. cecylia

    August 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Love their hats and ponchos :)

  46. Rebecca

    August 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    The look on their faces! Hilarious! Love it!

  47. abigail

    August 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    this looks like the dopest christmas card of all time.


  48. Erica

    August 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Amazing photo! One of my favorite vintage photos you have posted. It is almost hypnotizing.


    xx- Erica

  49. Sofia

    August 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Amazing vintage shot!

  50. Sean

    August 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    This is so Wes Anderson.

  51. Laura

    August 13, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I’m very proud to find that you put a photo of Colombia.
    I like the mixture of cultures because that is something that represent us,
    we are pretty diverse
    I have to tell you that this is not Medellin, it is Bogotá and I can notice because of the clothes They’re using, Medellin is pretty hot, Bogotá is cool, the architecture , it seems the Plaza de Bolivar in Bogotá.
    I can tell you because I was born in Bogotá but now I live in Medellin so I know both places very well.

    I really love and admire your blog.
    Thanks for posting pictures of Colombia and not only US and Europe.

  52. devdee

    August 13, 2012 at 12:29 am

    superb pic,weldone!!

  53. Jarrod

    August 13, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Hahaha! How very “Wes Anderson”!

  54. Mira

    August 13, 2012 at 2:32 am

    It´s an awesome shot. Vintage pics are always my favs :D


  55. DZ

    August 13, 2012 at 2:48 am

    This looks like a Wes Anderson movie. I love Wes Anderson !!! And Mr Scott, too :)

  56. Name*

    August 13, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Nice. The boy with the glasses in front is a real star, but they are all very fun to look at.

  57. Irene's closet

    August 13, 2012 at 3:02 am

    in love with vintage pictures!

  58. cynthia

    August 13, 2012 at 3:33 am

    WOW!i love this photo, everyone here has their own style, the 2 men in the front, just love love them, cant stop looking at them, all the details..and the little child, so so cute, then the other members so proper in a way…really a nice composition.

  59. WhiteCloset

    August 13, 2012 at 3:35 am

    love those colorful ponchos :) <3

  60. Cinzia

    August 13, 2012 at 3:53 am

    This pic is amazing……….

  61. Andy D4

    August 13, 2012 at 4:09 am

    The Poncho is a much neglected garment, lets have more of that at the end of 2012.

  62. Mim

    August 13, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Man, I’d love to know the story behind this one! They remind me of the brothers in Peter Pan…

  63. Victoria

    August 13, 2012 at 5:33 am

    beautiful picture,with dust of memories

  64. antique engagement rings

    August 13, 2012 at 5:48 am

    The past, present and the future!

  65. Helen

    August 13, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Great Picture! Everyone is looking so serious.
    xo from Berlin

  66. Tali

    August 13, 2012 at 6:42 am

    This photo defenetely tells a story. You can look at it forever, wondering about the circumstances and reasons..


  67. ronan

    August 13, 2012 at 6:57 am

    this is such a great photos!

    somehow you can almost capture the feeling of the people in the pictures. Love the style too, I think it’s great!

    well done dude

  68. Susie

    August 13, 2012 at 8:21 am

    The expressions are priceless! Also love the colors. With all the vintage photo filters we’ve gotten so accustomed to, it’s nice to see actual vintage photos sometimes.

    Sea and Swank

  69. ana c m

    August 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

    im loving this picture… is good to have photos of my Country in this blog…….one of the best!!

  70. Paula

    August 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

    It’s hard to think that these two families were together, but rather, that both were visiting the country’s capital Bogotá (or perhaps immigrating) and that the parents thought it would be an interesting picture to have the kids pose with the other family as a souvenir. I would find it shocking if there was actually friendship, but I truly doubt it and so I find the picture quite sad.

  71. Natalia

    August 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Indeed, it is downtown Bogotá. And the indian family belongs to the
    Misak (also called Guambiano) people of Cauca, a Colombian southwestern province. If this picture was taken in the 70′s (though it looks from the 80′s), the Misak were just in the middle of a struggle for the recognition of their culture and territory. Part of their traditional clothing includes a woven hat wore only by women which conceals the history, universe and life of their people.

    • Zulma

      August 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Gracias Natalia!

  72. Madlen

    August 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Hmm propably a photo shows Colombian family, great pic ;)

  73. Julián

    August 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

    That photo was not taken at Medellín, it is Bogotá!! I love it!

  74. Johanna

    August 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I believe this was taken in Bogota. I am from Medellin and this looks like the presidential palace ( Casa Nariño). What the indigenous people in the photo are wearing is also from this region where Bogota is located not Medellin.
    Lovely Photo!!

  75. nini piccola

    August 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    absolutely fantastic!!!!


    August 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Ha! I thought Wes Anderson immeadiately too…

    what is it? the glasses? the suits? the crazy mix of characters?

  77. Liz

    August 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Great. Like a still from a Wes Andersen movie. How our cultural eye adjusts. smh

    • Gio

      August 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      oh calm down. we’re all coming at this with our own points of reference. it doesn’t matter if our understanding of Columbian apparel comes from knowing the Wes Anderson aesthetic, we still have some familiarity with the look, which I think is a good thing. cultures should be exchanged and discussed and yes, certainly respected but, not rigidly compartmentalized.

      • Gil Cabrera

        August 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

        Colombia, with a letter “o”. NOT Columbia, please. Thank you. -Gil

  78. Julia T Molina

    August 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    The photographer is Hernando Molina Correa from Medellin, something of an expert on Indians of Colombia. It is Bogota, most likely the Palacio de Bolivar. The Indians are Chibchas.
    He emigrated to US in 1956, married an American woman. Those are his 5 children, on their first visit to Colombia in 1971. The youngest was 8, wearing the blue and green ruana because it was cold in Bogota, and we had only prepared for much warmer Medellin. He asked permission to take the pictures. The boys had haircuts modeled loosely after the Beatles. Their expressions perhaps reflected fatigue from relentless exposure to monuments and keen desire to get into the pool, or eat.
    The five are adults now and do reflect their heritage. They married English, Irish, Polish, Italian, Burmese and Chinese and have 15 children with a keen interest in Latin America. They are open, accepting and tolerant, high achievers,

  79. kimberly cullinane pearson

    August 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Bianca! I love this picture!!!! Julia! Thank you for your description! What a family treasure:)

  80. Patricia

    August 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    My husband is from Bolivia. Maybe I should search in the fotos of his family for treasures too. This foto is really amazing and the interesting informacion gave it even more weight.

    Besos from Bolivia

  81. peri

    August 14, 2012 at 3:48 am

    i want this on my wall-so beautiful!!

  82. Nanda

    August 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Im from Colombia and can appreciate even more the beauty of this picture.. These are indigenous people from the south (Guambianos) who by the way don’t like pictures taken of them. Thank u so much for showcasing my culture.

  83. Colleen

    August 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Soooooooo Wes Anderson.

  84. noel tambour

    August 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    the little girl in the middle bottom is the cutest

  85. Juan Jose Buenavida

    August 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

    This photo was taken in Bogota at Presidential Palace… different social classes, different ethnicities, different people one country…Colombia

  86. Edgar C

    September 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Something out of a Wes Anderson movie!

  87. Teaolga

    September 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Im from Medellin Colombia. I think that this picture was taken in Bogota. People in scene was in autochthonous dresses.
    Full color and very warm.
    Regards from Colombia

  88. Shin

    September 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Wow, I think i’ve seen this scene in fairy tales or somewhat like that.
    So lovely

  89. Adrianabelle

    September 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Fantastic Shot!
    I would love to know the story behind it, and what do you make of it fashionwise…
    Best from Bogota,

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