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I Made It on The Colombian News Baby!

Telemedellin Colombia

Just before I left Colombia I was contacted by David Vélez about doing a short interview for the company he worked for, called Telemedellin.  I didn’t know anything about Telemedellin until I asked a few local friends on it and I found out it’s actually quite popular.  They’re an upbeat news agency based out of Medellin, Colombia and they feature a lot of human stories regularly.  David wanted to do a short video on me about the street photography I have been doing in Medellin.  Am I going to be on TV in Colombia finally that’s not an episode of “Locked Up Abroad: Dumbass Gringos Get Caught”?  I’m still working on the later!

I never actually met David while in Colombia.  Through a friend, who had a friend, who told me about a video he did, that I liked and wanted to know more on… I added him on Facebook hoping he’d accept (yes it’s ok to stalk when it comes to photography) as I had some questions on how he made the video.  To see the video I’m talking about, click here but I must warn you it’s full of dancing Colombian women lip-syncing to the tune of “Shocking Blue” by Venus.  HOT comes to mind when I think of it!  Side Note: the girl with the headphones on in the video is a friend of mine who told me about David.

So from 7-Degrees-of-Separation, David and I were introduced and that is how all this came about.  He simply asked if a TV crew could follow me around for a day and film me doing street photography in Medellin.  Easy enough I thought and quickly said yes.  He later told me though that he wouldn’t be there to film me but was sending a girl to do the interview.  My heart kind of sank a little because I was really keen on meeting up with him to talk about the work he does but David quickly reassured me that the girl, Camila, is cool and top-notch.  He neglected to tell me how stunning she was to, which was a nice surprise (hey I won’t lie)!

So I met up with Camila and the two camera guys at Santo Domingo metro stop where I did the first Help Portrait Project in Medellin last year.  I had another local friend who came with me to help, Carlos Restrepo (check out his website here) that helped me with the light.  We walked around for about 2hrs while I shot portraits and they filmed.  At the end we did the interview along my favorite little street in Medellin.  This is where I learned Camila’s real name, which is “One-Take-Camila!”  She asked me a few questions, at the end of a few I said, “Maybe I should try that again” to which she would always say “No problem, we got it!  Good job!”  The only thing she let me do over was the end part in the video.  I tried to do it all in Spanish but kept messing it up and after 8x she gave up and said “We got it!  Good job!” with a slight smile.

Below is the video and some of the photos I took that day. (if your an email subscriber and can’t see the video, click here to watch it)

Medellin Colombia

Medellin Colombia Man

Medellin Colombia

Medellin Colombia

Medellin Colombia kids playing

Medellin Colombia

A BIG thank you to Carlos for helping me, David for setting everything up, Camila for only letting me take one take, the TV crew from Telemedellin (those guys were way cool)… and the Paisa people! Miss you Colombia!!!

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  • Nomadic Samuel

    Dude!  This is awesome :)  Well deserved is what immediately comes to mind.

  • Matthew Karsten

    This rocks Troy! Loved to see how you work. Inspires me to go out on more portrait missions.  :)

  • foggodyssey

    Thanks amigo but to be honest the photos I got that day I was really disappointed in.  If you think it’s hard to go out street shooting alone, try it with a TV crew following you around! lol  No one said no, which was a BIG plus, but at the same time I only got a few minutes with each person because I had to keep moving.  Though one day I hope we can meet up and shoot together.  You going to TBEX this year?  I’ll be in Aspen that same weekend but if your in Denver before of after let me know, as I’ll be there.

  • foggodyssey

    I heard you have been selling some photos man and making good money, well deserved and back at ya! :)

  • Andi Perullo

    Felicidades amigo!!!!!

  • Alonna

    This is really cool Troy!  I actually really liked seeing you go up to people and ask for photos, because I’ve always wondered how you travel photographers do that! (I’m way too shy).

  • foggodyssey

    It’s as simple as that, just saying hi and por favor! lol  It isn’t easy I know and sometimes I get shy to but if you don’t ask, then no one will ever say yes, that I promise you! 😉

  • Rebelfone

    Amazingly clicked pictured Troy!
    Keep up the good work!

  • Andy

    Excellent. What is the sound track? Very familiar but can’t remember the name.

  • Jean

    Congratulations for making it on Colombian news! Getting
    mention on paperbacks or television can be very helpful to inspire others to
    learn more when it comes to the art of photography. I do hope you will continue
    your good work! Hopefully going to America this coming October can also broaden
    up my knowledge when it comes to photography. I am very excited for my trip
    there. Meeting new people is a great experience for me. I am very luck that my American
    visa came just in time and I want to take this opportunity to thank my
    migration lawyer. If I were not mistaken
    their website is here (
    I sought the help of a migration lawyer because I don’t have no time to do the
    application just myself because of my busy schedule due to photography seminars
    and conference that I have to attend.

  • marco
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  • Clippingimages

    lovely photos,,very impressive and brilliant execution as well…


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