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PALENQUE, COLOMBIA

San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, was created by slaves who had escaped their captors.

 

In 1961 it became the first free African town in all of the Americas, issued by a  Royal Decree. It  guaranteed the freedom of the towns residents on the condition that they stopped freeing new slaves coming into port in the nearby Cartegena.

 

It is now the only place in South America to speak it's own Spanish-based creole language. Should you ask a resident, they always reply passionately, 'No somos Colombianos, somos Africanos'.

We are not Colombian, we're African.


I lived in Palenque, documenting the town and the strong sense of African identity held within it.

WE ARE AFRICAN
TOWN FOOTBALL FIELDS

SOMOS AFRICAN

TOWN FOOTBALL FIELDS

PALENQUE, COLOMBIA

San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, was the first free African town in all of the Americas.

I lived in Palenque, documenting the town and the strong sense of African-Colobian identity held within it.

FEAST OF THE FIRST MORNING OF THE FIRST DAY

Vietnam, Hanoi suburbs

During February 2019, I was honored to spend the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, or Tet Holiday, in Vietnam with the 4 generations of the extended Cao family.

Translating as the "Feast of the First Morning of the First Day", Tet Festival is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. Families get together to drink tea, give the gift of  money for good luck in the new year, visit their local  Buddist temple,  and prepare a special meal.  

 

Vietnam holds a very warm and welcoming,  family orientated culture that I tried to capture for this photo series.

With thanks to the Cao family.

THE LIVES OF MOMPOS