on a set of 7’x5′ index cards, I made a series of postcards about life in Bolivia. Everything here is something I saw, although the details are composite.
- Where the tourist market meets the black market, you can find dried llama foetuses, ceremonial carvings and off-brand recreations of any console manufactured since 1980
- This is actually a rough approximation of a power pole. it would be an indistict mess of squiggles if every wire what rendered, given the gauge of my pen.
- Knife sharpening, while you wait. the “no wearing ties” graffiti is something we actually saw.
- El Alto (“the heights”) is technically the satellite city of La Paz, although it’s actually bigger and more populous. For true accuracy, a good rule is to imagine 3 more dogs than I drew to any given picture.
- A blue-mohawked sparrow pictured by corrugated tin and a peice of infrastructure that appears to have been stolen from a Japanese city.
- Volunteer teenagers in zebra suits direct traffic. This is an actual, real-life government program to employ youths and decrease road rage
- In the mornings you can watch small flocks of pigeons following around the taxis that deliver bread to the stores.
- Street accountants in the financial district doing consultations, while a shoeshiner waits for customers.
- Crossing lake Titicaca at Tiquina, where they once tried to build a bridge, but the locals that depend on the ferries for income staged a road block that cut off a significant chunk of the country from receiving supplies.
If you’ve got any questions about any weird details in these postcards, I’d love to try and explain them. No promises, though.
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