Sat between the Caribbean Sea and the lush expanses of the Amazon rainforest, Colombia is filled with a lively and colourful culture, which is reflected in its architecture, festivals, markets, and people.

Beyond its reputation fuelled by TV shows like Narcos, Colombia is a land that defies expectations and unfolds as a stunning mosaic of contrasts – from the bustling energy of its urban centres to the quieter rhythms of its rural landscapes. The country impressively boasts the 2nd highest biodiversity in the world, and 70% of its energy comes from renewable energy.

Our time in Colombia took us to the country’s 2nd biggest city – Medellín, the mountain oasis of Jardin and the Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena. For street photography, Colombia is like a real-life canvas with its vibrant colours, crazy contrasts, and candid moments. It also has a thriving street art scene, especially in cities like Medellín and Cartagena, with huge elaborate Murals, graffiti, and urban art installations.

The Colombian people are incredibly hospitable, generous (inviting us in for coffee and wine), welcoming and fun (memories of our evening in a local dance hall come to mind). They are a very proud people, taking great effort/care in their homes and neighbourhoods. One street in Communa 1, Medellin was covered in flowers made out of recycled bottles and CDs by the local residents.

[All Photos taken by Matt Badenoch]