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La Guajira

Punta Gallinas, Colombia – November 2014. A local man shows tourists the sights around Punta Gallinas, that only someone who lives there would know about, and how to get to without clearly defined roads.

La Guajira, photo essay by Sarah Palmer

La Guajira Desert is a vast, beautifully unaffected area in northeastern Colombia, along the Caribbean Sea. This region’s amenities are bare bones and unassuming, in a romantic kind of way.

With tourism growing rapidly in the country, the area won’t remain like this for long. It is a fleeting glimpse into how things were and are, for now.

Note: all images from this series are shot on film and created by composing multi-frame exposures in camera, with no manipulation in post.

Cabo de la Vela, Colombia – November 2014

Manaure, Colombia – November 2014. A Wayuu woman looks out over the salt mines on their ancestral land in Manaure.

Manaure, Colombia – November 2014. A truck carrying bags of salt at the salt mines in Manaure.

Punta Gallinas, Colombia – November 2014. Hundreds of flamingos take flight over the ocean.

Punta Gallinas, Colombia – November 2014

Cabo de la Vela, Colombia – November 2014

Cabo de la Vela, Colombia – November 2014

Cabo de la Vela, Colombia – November 2014

Cabo de la Vela, Colombia – November 2014

Punta Gallinas, Colombia – November 2014. The northernmost point of the mainland of South America, Punta Gallinas.

Cabo de la Vela, Colombia – November 2014


Q&A with Sarah Palmer

Photography is…
An exploration.

Photography and writing…
Should be honest.

Who left the biggest impression on you?
Alessandra Sanguinetti. Her work is truthful and heartfelt.

Tell us a little about yourself
I’ve never been able to answer this question without stumbling over my words. Maybe with time it will get easier?

Sarah_PalmerSarah Palmer (website) was born and raised in a small town in rural Ontario. She received her B.F.A in Photography from Ryerson University in Toronto in 2008, where she currently resides.
She composes multi-frame exposures in camera, with no manipulation in post.
Her work has been published internationally and has been exhibited in galleries and exhibitions including Scotia Bank’s Contact Photography Festival.

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