After a fun week in Cartagena I rode south to Medellín. This was my first taste of the twisty congested roads that were in my future. I passed 18 wheelers, dodged smaller bikes, and discovered that the weather can change quickly in Colombia. At one point a trucks back doors flew open and two giant containers of gas and oil smashed down on the road. This shut the highway down for almost an hour as everyone scurried to figure out how to get them off the road (with a rope tied to the truck).
This city has so much to see and do it would take months (years?) to do it all. As much as I wish that I could have spent my time exploring all the local sights, the reality of work set in and I had to get a few things done. My time in this great city was dominated by work, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have any fun.During the photowalk I mentioned that I was in need of a studio. Eduardo Hernández introduced himself and told me he had a studio I could use. He also volunteered to help schedule models and even find assistants. As I got to know Eduardo I learned that he is an instructor at Metrograffi Photo School. Eduardo’s help would prove to be invaluable. A few days after the photowalk I met up with photographers Humberto Abed and Andrea Rivas. I helped them sort out some location lighting issues. We had a fantastic time and I was able to shoot a fun shot of Andrea while we were out and about.While on the road I’m still creating photography tutorials for Adorama TV. Due to production schedules I normally have to shoot the videos at least 3 weeks before they are scheduled to be released, but this month I needed to shoot and edit more than usual. My travel through Central America means that I’ll have limited to time to shoot and limited access to Internet fast enough to upload the large video files. Adorama and their production team will also be closed during Passover, so that meant I needed to have all of those videos done well in advance. That required me to shoot and edit five videos in one week – a challenging task. Metrograffi Photo School & Art Gallery saved the day. They allowed me to shoot in their studio for two days. I have to say thank you to Josafat Aguilar, who owns the school, and Eduardo Hernández for there help getting everything set up. I also want to thank Victor Escobar for assisting, translating, and being a very funny guy! I also had two fantastic models, Azul Sofia and Tamara Rodriguez (pictured in the gallery above). To meet my deadlines I spent almost all of my time locked in a hotel room editing the photos and videos. By the time I was finished with my work my week in Mexico City was over and I needed to continue heading south.