Two men from Pueblo Nuevo. Human rights organisations argue that women have a lower social status than men in Venezuela and the legal age for marriage is 14 for a woman and 16 for a man. According to UN statistics, 17 per cent of girls between 15 and 19 years of age are married, divorced or widowed, compared to 5 per cent of boys.
Venezuela – Been There

Working the land in Pueblo Nuevo

Photo by Ramón Lepage

Venezuela – Been There Working the land in Pueblo Nuevo

Pueblo Nuevo, a very isolated town on the southern side of the Andes, can only be reached by 4x4 vehicles through extremely steep and narrow dirt roads.

Ramón Lepage
Ramón Lepage Travel Photographer

The first thing you notice in town is the incredible colonial church - but something even more amazing caught my eye.

There were to men - farmers, like everyone else in Pueblo Nuevo - dressed up in their best clothes to attend a town meeting.

At first, I noticed a checked suit one of them was wearing and then the visual repetition of forms: the pilasters, the hats, the position of their arms and the way they leaned, as well as the light colors which seemed to tie the image together.

I had to take their photo. The men were a little surprised, yet relaxed, about being photographed. Luckily for me, they didn’t change their pose.

The beauty of these towns is that the people still work the land, live in harmony with nature and maintain their way of life and traditions. I think this photo reflects that.

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