PASTO, COLOMBIA; Viva la fiesta!; I was in Pasto, Colombia, earlier this year for the annual Carnaval de Negros y Blancos. The Black and White Carnival is an awesome festival with native Andean roots and an intricate history.It celebrates Colombia’s immense cultural and ethnic diversity and is UNESCO protected. People from all walks of life daub themselves and each other with dark grease or face paint one day and flour, foam or talc the next, and throw a completely wild street party to celebrate cultural differences. It was fantastic! In the finale on the last day, black and white gave way to lots of colour, singing and dancing. Since I’d already been ambushed a number of times, I was decked out in protective gear whenI managed to get this, my favourite shot of the day. I feel lucky to have captured this brief moment during the five-hour-long parade.
Photographer: Reader Guy Needham
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