Meet Marcelo. At 30 years old he’s found what most people spend lifetimes looking for – happiness. Little did he know ten years ago when he fumbled with his first embroidery that sequins would eventually become the key to his success. While Marcelo sews and designs at his “studio,” Bordados Imperial, he considers himself much more than a tailor.
“I’m camba! (from Santa Cruz). The most local you can get, let’s say! I create [these costumes] for the tradition of dance and music, to preserve the spirit of my city. Que viva Santa Cruz! ”
As a costumer, carnaval is undoubtedly his favorite time of year – when the dancers parade about in his designs and bright ensembles. Every year his goal is to outdo himself, to shine brighter and make something more brilliant.
“I’ve never going to leave this, I love this job, this life. This is what life is – color, dance and happiness.”
I Am Bolivia is a series building a photographic census of Bolivia through environmental portraits and short stories. All photos copyright Jessica Janoski Photography 2013, for inquiries contact Jessica at email@example.com