"I have a dream" - Photometria Awards 2019

Subject: I have a dream

Competition "I have a dream" 2019


Technohoros Gallery/May 2011

When Dutch photographer Niels van Iperen was seven, he started taking professional shots at rock concerts.  At age 15, Steve Harris of Iron Maiden stood in front of his lens, followed by the 'who's who of music history:  Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, Mick Jagger ? Soon van Iperen was circling the globe, and photographing over 3000 bands and artists. Between assignments, he tried to see as much of the world as possible: Japan, Cuba and Bolivia ? finding Latin America particularly interesting. Colombia was one destination, however, that he avoided for a long time. When he at last visited the country in 2002, he discovered that many of the horror stories he had heard were overblown. When I went there I was pleasantly surprised because, while every Latin country has fascinating aspects, Colombia seems to have them all in one country! The magical place has held him captive ever since. Van Iperen, now 42, has lived in Colombia for eight years, doing commercial photo shoots and running a photo equipment business. His love for Colombia is reflected in his personal projects. They represent a homage to the country and its people, because Colombia has so many facets: Delightful landscapes and the snow-covered Andes, a beautiful coastline, the Amazon River, and an amazing variety of plants and animals. But Colombia has to deal with corruption, plus a hundred years of internal war, fifty years of guerrilla conflict, and countless paramilitary massacres. It's the country of Pablo Escobar, and the world center of cocaine production.