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Bolivian Street Photography: The Twinkle in her eye

Bolivia has the largest indigenous population in South America with an estimated 60% of her population claiming indigenous descent. In La Paz, the most prominent indigenous culture is the Aymara who are known for their rich, highland culture and colorful handicrafts.

Walking down the streets of La Paz, the landscape is awash is brilliant colors of tapestries, handwoven scarves, hats and sweaters, and tiny little street side shops and stalls run by the local Aymara women. Cholitas dressed in wide, layered skirts, a brightly colored handwoven blanket along the back and an English-style brown bowler hat atop their head, line the streets waiting expectantly for a sale.

I saw her alone, seated next to a small street side shop and a bucket of colorful dolls. I knew I’d have to stop and say hello and maybe purchase a doll for my daughter.

Woman in La Paz, Bolivia

She was so beautiful. And when she smiled brightly she had a twinkle of joy in her eyes

Woman in La Paz, Bolivia

I picked out the perfect doll for Sophia. And asked if I could take one more photo of this lovely woman who happily agreed.

Woman in La Paz Bolivia

I knew I’d be doing much more shopping down the labyrinth streets of La Paz. There were so many alleys to explore, so many colors, and so many brilliant smiles. It was a photographer’s dream.

Stay tuned…

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle. To view more entries, click here.

57 comments

    • Darn it! I swear I typed hello. I need a proofreader besides me! Thank you for being mine! 🙂 Then again maybe I should have said help because my daughter asked for two dolls!

      • Oh….but I feel slightly silly! Should be doing a better job at re-reading my stuff! Then again…when I have such a fabulous proofreader and I’m making you giggle, then perhaps I should continue to add a few typos! 🙂 The iPhone is the worst! you should see all the typos I make with that! 🙂

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  2. A beautiful post Nicole, full of color, life and joy. Her beautiful smile twinkled as much as her eyes did. I’d love to go to La Paz one day. Looks like it will have join the bucket list. Warm wishes, as always.

    • Thanks Angeline! Yes it was. I think La Paz is the most colorful place I’ve ever been. It was bursting with color everywhere I looked. True sensory overload but magical!

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  7. This post made me smile Nicole, all the colors, the warm, inviting culture, but more so that you and your father were able to share this experience together. I am thrilled for you both! 🙂

  8. I have been on that same street in LaPaz but found that many of the women weren’t fond of having their pics taken. Most of my pics are the rear view of the bowler hats and dresses! Were you able to visit the Witche’s Market? That is surely worth a few pics.

    • Yes, I read that many people are superstitious of photos. I either just took ones on the street or in this case if it was a close up, asked. The Witch’s market is crazy! All those llama fetuses! And we also toured the Black market which was even stranger. More posts coming soon!

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  14. hmunro

    That last image is one of my favorites I’ve seen on your blog so far — and you’ve shot some truly stunning photos! — because it shows a genuine connection between you and your subject. The beautiful smile on that woman speaks volumes. Well done!

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