Constructing the frame or adjusting the shutter speed is not separate from the messiness of culture. Instead, a photoethnography … should be understood as one long take in which the technical, methodological, theoretical, and ethical collide, and continue to collide long after the photo is taken.”

Jason De León

Photography has become an integral part of my ethnographic fieldwork in rural Colombia, serving a dual purpose. First, it allows me to take readers into the beautiful world of rural Colombia, humanizing my subjects while showing the world they inhabit on a daily basis. Second, my camera and the related quest to capture people’s lives in images provides an excuse for the deep hanging out that is crucial to ethnography. I have published photography in Qualitative Sociology, El Espectador, the North American Congress on Latin America, and Colombia Reports.

Agricultural Labor

Rural Politics

Living with Animals

Village Life and Landscapes