San Basilio de Palenque, Bolivar, Colombia.
San Basilio de Palenque is located about 1 hour inland from Cartagena in Colombia. It is one of the few remaining historic Afro-Colombian communities where historically, slaves from the African continent who were fortunate enough to escape from their Spanish captors would come here and settle. Today it is has approximately 3700 inhabitants who maintain many of their cultural and ancestral traditions. I wandered the dusty streets of Palenque camera in hand, with my local guide telling about the history.
I passed this gentleman sitting on a tatty wooden chair outside his house, smoking a cigarette. His laid-back and natural posture was a gem. He looked at me briefly, and raised his head slightly making a gesture to insinuate I approach him, he knew very well I wanted the photo. His pose remained frozen while I photographed him, until we parted ways with no words or conversation exchanged between us...only friendly gestures.