Doll Sellers, Potosi

Doll Sellers, Potosi, Bolivia

When shooting the streets, keep your eyes wide open for quiet moments in a crowd. They’re there if you look; if you look really hard and remain patient, they might even find themselves among your favorite images. And more importantly, among your most memorable travel moments.

You can’t tell from the image, but this pair was sitting on a fairly busy street, still filled with the crowds heading home after a Good Friday Procession that wormed its way through the center of Potosi, Bolivia, a city whose vast riches helped finance much of the Spanish conquest of the 1600s.

They seemed oblivious to the people milling about, lost instead in the close bond that can only exist between a grandmother and granddaughter –or was it mother and daughter?– as one teaches and the other observes. There was a love and respect so deep that that busy corner commanded silence. It was subtle but unmistakable. I’m really glad I caught this moment, one that has claimed pride of place on one of my home office walls so I can relive it every day.

By the way: at 4,090m (13,418ft) above sea level, this south central Bolivian community of 130,000 is one of the highest cities in the world.

What’s the highest place you’ve ever visited?

And for the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 798th straight, was taken in Potosi, Bolivia, on 29 March 2013.

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  1. Osyth says

    Achingly beautiful shot 🙂

    1. Bob R says

      Thank you!

  2. ladieswholunchreviews says

    It’s lovely, Bob.

  3. Brad Nixon says

    Boy, I show up as a lowlander. I don’t think I’ve visited a city higher than Victor, Colorado, 9,708 ft./2,959 meters.

    1. Bob R says

      Whereabouts is Victor?

      1. Brad Nixon says

        West of Pike’s Peak from Colorado Springs, in the middle of high mountain mining country. Nearest well known place is Cripple Creek, a couple miles away. I have a brief description and photos here, if the link works:

  4. Photobooth Journal says

    Love your photos more and more Bob! Potosi was like stepping back in time. They were selling meat (lamb) from canvas sheets on the curb side when I was there. The carcasses were still in possession of their wool covered skins

    1. Bob R says

      Thanks! I didn’t cross paths with the canvas sheet-type stall you mention but did see some woolly carcasses in the meat department of the central open air market.

  5. paula graham says

    How touching they look, lovely photo as so often

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