ARTICLES OF Sophia Vahdati

Talking Trash

22 Oct, 2014 | Sophia Vahdati

As consumption increases with the growing population, will waste be lining the streets in 20 years time? Where will all the rubbish go? Trash, litter, rubbish, garbage, waste, refuse, junk, detritus...

MEET ME AT THE MOTEL

25 Nov, 2014 | Sophia Vahdati

MOTELS IN LA PAZ OFFER UP A SPACE OF SEXUAL FREEDOM AND SECRECY FOR YOUNG PACEÑOS Photo: Valeria Wilde The door opens up into a hidden cave of treasures. I walk through a rounded tunnel; the c...

MICHAEL DUNN

24 Dec, 2014 | Sophia Vahdati

In 2006, Michael Dunn had left Bolivia and was studying business in New York where he enrolled in a photography course. His life then changed its course as he quit his business career to pursue photo...

THE TALE OF THE MISFORTUNATE FOX AND THE MOUNTAIN

24 Feb, 2015 | Sophia Vahdati

Be true of heart, persevere, and all your dreams shall come true.Damsels in distress will eventually be saved by rich, attractive gentlemen.Mother-in-laws are evil by their very nature. PHOTO: MI...

GUMO

24 Dec, 2014 | Sophia Vahdati

Photo: Daniel Oros Alvaro Gumucio Li (Aka Gumo), a born and bred cochabambino, started his professional career as a photographer four years ago. He studied at the Instituto Eduarlo Lareda in...

The Many Colours of Carnaval

28 May, 2015 | Sophia Vahdati

PHOTO: SZYMON KOCHANSKIOver 200 years old and officially one of UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the Carnaval de Oruro, a tradition of hedonism and spectacle, rem...

El Chino Renegón

28 May, 2015 | Sophia Vahdati

PHOTO: NICK SOMERSBehind a nameless, unimposing, wooden door on avenida Ecuador is the shabby and famous restaurant, ‘El Chino Renegón’. The name of the place is unofficial, gifted to this delicious T...

El Clásico

28 May, 2015 | Sophia Vahdati

PHOTO: MICHAEL DUNN CACERESPapá Bolívar in our hearts and celestial blue passion running through our veins. The age-old rivalry fuels an ever unpredictable outcome. Win or lose, triumph or defeat—we a...

The Danish Invasion

28 May, 2015 | Sophia Vahdati

PHOTO: JULES TUSSEAUDenmark and Bolivia are worlds apart, both geographically and culturally. Yet a Danish community is emerging in La Paz, made up of more than typical expats who have come to ‘find t...

Football and Food

28 May, 2015 | Sophia Vahdati

PHOTO: Sophia VahdatiWhat the stadium lacks in booze it makes up for in food. The spectacle of colours and fans sweating with passion would not be complete without the array of children, women, and me...

DO NOT PASS GO - Do not collect two hundred bolivianos

24 Sep, 2013 | Sophia Vahdati

Sophia Vahdati visits San Pedro prison to learn that the games of life played by inmates are not all that different to those played on the outside Describing all this now makes...

Parkour in La Paz

26 Mar, 2018 | Sophia Vahdati

Photo: Iván Rodriguez Petkovic The drive and philosophy of the city’s fearless tracersPrepare, run, jump, soar, reach, kick, grab knees and…’Ahhh!’: I smash face-first into the crashmat, emitting an e...

The evolution of NamasTé

26 Apr, 2018 | Sophia Vahdati

Photo: Iván RodriguezHealthy living by day, electronic fiesta by nightPaul Jove’s soft, measured voice rises over trance-like music as he explains the origin of the psychedelic artwork adorning the ba...

Coffee in the Veins

26 Apr, 2018 | Sophia Vahdati

Photo: Iván RodriguezTalking coffee with Mauricio Diez de Medina, the owner of Roaster coffee shopOver the past decade, the Bolivian coffee industry has transformed thanks to a dedicated group of infl...