The Story Behind the Shot: Columbia 2015

Posted on January 13, 2015

One of my favorite things about traveling to other countries is experiencing different cultures. It’s always interesting to see the differences and how they compare to what you are used to.

Regardless of the wealth of the country these days, everyone seems to have a cell phone. I have been in areas deep in the middle of nowhere staying with tribes in bamboo huts that don’t even have a light in them, people in the village will undoubtedly have a cell phone. This specific picture was taken in Medellin, Colombia. In Colombia it is free to call people that use the same cellular company you do, but if you need to call someone on a different network, it gets very expensive. In true entrepreneurial spirit, people will purchase a phone from each company and then when you need to make an out of network call they charge you a small fee to use the phone within the network. I affectionately refer to this as the Colombian phone booth. Every city and region does this, but each area has their own ways of keeping track of their phones. In some areas they will have a little little table they sit at with drawers of phones. In some cities they will have a table with no drawers and strings attached to it so people can’t run off. Here we see my favorite version. In Medellin they will have 4 or 5 phones all attached to themselves by a cable as you see in the picture here.


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