The concept was to shoot a barefoot and shirtless teen boy in an abandoned building in Bogotá. I came with no location or model in mind, but both were quickly resolved.
I found this interesting abandoned housing complex while on a free walking tour by Beyond Colombia. It was not part of the tour, but the guide graciously pointed it out as I had asked her about such places. She said that her understanding was that it was the first apartment building built in Bogota. Up until then all of the housing had been individually owned (though still possibly attached) units. I have not verified this, but in any case it is a very interesting building.
A family lives in one of the units and uses the others for hanging out laundry, raising rabbits, and even using the location to shoot a movie scene at one point in time.
My model is Adrian, age 15. As you can see he is a very handsome teenager. He was working sweeping the floors at a hair salon where I was lucky to have his mother, Luna taking care of my messy hair. I showed her my works in progress book and asked if she knew of any cute kids or teens that might like to model for me and she pointed to her son.
I was fortunate to find a very talented photographer, Daniel Cely to join me as a lighting assistant on this shoot. Check out his work on Instagram.
This is part of the project “Youth and Urban Decay” featuring beautiful children and teens in abandoned structures around the world.