Marcos Kaseman, the founder of Angels de Medellin… acting crazy as ever!
Before I could leave Medellin I had to make one last stop off in my favorite place to shoot photographs in all of Colombia. Angeles de Medellin was started by a gringo named “Marcos” Kaseman from the USA. He’s been doing wonderful stuff in this poor barrio just outside of Medellin and am glad I met him while in Colombia. If you want to read what I wrote about his project, click here, as that post I wrote explains all about this foundation. If you ever want to volunteer there, just get into contact with Marcos and he’ll get you squared away. He’s always needing help so don’t be shy!
I first went to this barrio on the recommendation from a friend and I ended up helping to organize a photo-project their for a Christmas party that Marcos does every year for the village. If it wasn’t for Marcos most of the kids in this poor neighborhood wouldn’t receive anything for a present. It was then that I feel in love with the people there, especially the kids. It was without-a-doubt the poorest community I visited in Colombia but also the safest. I never felt scared or worried with camera out and was a BIG reason why I always enjoyed going their for photos. The people might not have much but what little they do they are proud of and take pride in their community.
So it was only right, that the last photos I took in Colombia would be at Angeles de Medellin in Regalo De Dios. The shots I got that day were mostly just kids and truth be told I was happy with that. You can’t go up this mountain and not see all the kids that Marcos has helped over the years. They’re so much fun to hang out with and always smiling… I will miss them all but will forever have their photos to remember them by.
How cool is this kid? Seriously when I seen him standing along this building I asked if he’d let me take his photo. He wasn’t that serious as in the photo and happily said “si!” Love, love this shot because he looks so old, yet so young at the same time… which I think a lot of the kids who grow up poor do at times.
(LEFT) After I finished up for the day this girl walked up and asked why I didn’t take her photo and if I would. I’m glad I did as she was beautiful. (RIGHT) This little one was funny. I put her on a concrete wall for her pose and told her to act natural… this was what I got.
I tried a group shot of the kids that started following us and told them to act wild for the camera. Colombian kids are fun!
This little girl came out with her pet turtle and asked if she could be photographed with it. Said sure and found out later it’s an endangered species. Not sure what kind it was but Colombian kids have done this before when out shooting and it’s always stuff you’d never think of (one being a boa snake in a small poor village).
This little boy was sitting outside his house doing nothing. We asked if we could take his picture and he just kind of nodded ok. His oldest sister came out and gave us the final approval but I couldn’t get her to pose though.
This girl was a sweet heart and she stayed with us the whole day as we walked around shooting photos.
These two little ones were in a house that their mother was cooking arepas in. Long and better story about the mom I’ll write later on but the little boy was a ham for the camera and the little girl sat in her chair while her mom cooked and never moved or made a different expression the whole time I was taking photos.
The two kids above have been abandoned by their mother who works as a prostitute. Their grandmother takes care of them now in the village along with several other kids but was told she is an alcoholic. Sad because these kids were so fun and I hate to think of the hardships they will endure later in life because of their poor upbringings.