Barefoot and Shirtless Teen in Bogotá

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.

very beautiful barefoot and topless boy relaxing with soccer ball

Adrian shown in a relaxed pose in the doorway of one of the lower units, with his sneakers positioned in the window nearby. This is my favorite image of the series.  Bare feet is one of my signature features of portraits.  Find more under category “barefoot“.


back view of a beautiful teenager boy showing his beautiful back and soles of feet.

A very handsome teenage boy sitting on his soccer ball. It appears as if he is watching other boys place soccer and for some reason is unable to join them, though the definition of his exposed back suggests he is a great athlete.

beautiful big feet of a teen boy in an old abandoned apartment

This one will probably be included on my “Focus on Feet” project. I love the moody bokeh effect.

Barefoot and Shirtless Teen Colombian showing off his soles

Another image suitable for “Focus on Feet.”


teen boy sitting in old room with his shoulder and upper chest exposed

Adrian sitting in the bedroom of one of the units. I noticed that the pattern on his open flannel shirt is similar to the exposed brick leading to the ceiling behind him.


handsome adolescent teenage boy with good view of his chest.

Closeup shot of a beautiful shirtless teen boy resting his head on a soccer ball. Such a dreamy look in his eyes.


topless athletic teen shown in the center of laundry hung out to dry

A shirtless boy holds his shirt among the other laundry hung out to dry in this otherwise abandoned room. Though it is staged, it has an organic feel to it.


shirtless teen boy with nice body posing with soccer ball in bogota colombia

Adrian poses in the archway between kitchen and living room of an abandoned apartment in La Candelaria are of Bogotá.


topless latino boy wearing a necklace shown with old sneakers in bogota colombia

Adrian peers past his old sneakers into the open area between the two rows of abandoned buildings.


teen latino boy with open shirt staring out a window in a contemplative mood

There is a small greenhouse perched on the roof of this old structure. Adrian presses against the window for a solemn look. He is very beautiful in this open shirt.





About The Author

Model, photographer, traveler, and writer. I was born and raise in the south and maintain as much southern charm as possible while counteracting the stereotypical racist bible thumping attitude expected by so many.

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