There’s a large homeless population in Bogota; by official estimates some 10,000 people sleep on or beneath the streets of the Colombian capital each night. As I mentioned here, that figure seems suspiciously low to me. But no matter for the moment.
This was taken in the middle of the afternoon today; you can’t tell from the image, but the street was very busy with pedestrian traffic. It took a bit of patience to capture the scene without someone walking through the frame. Which was one of two things that really struck me about the scene: the first, the ease with which people simply walked around the sleeping men, with nary a glance or misstep; and the second, that the two men chose a busy thoroughfare for their afternoon snooze.
At least they were under these watchful eyes, part of a stunning mural by local urban artist Stinkfish whose psychedelia-inspired work is based upon found photographs. More on this piece is on his blog here.
Bogota, Colombia, 25 July 2015