10/04/2011 08:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Shooting Caracas: Where Bodyguards Are Photography Equipment (VIDEO)

Sometimes it happens that I am taking photos at one spot for two days in a row and on the third day I find another spot that is much better. That is what happened in Caracas, Venezuela, which was already a difficult place to shoot because I needed an armed bodyguard to watch my back.

This city has a bad reputation and I won't be the hero that tries to prove otherwise. However, because I ran out of time (I only have 4 or 5 days in each capital city), I might be back here sometime soon.

To more completely introduce my "Streets of The World" project, here is a video introduction to the global street photography venture that will eventually bring me to every capital city on earth. This is a mashup of a number of movies I made in Asia and Oceania and it contains translated quotes from my book Streets of the World - Asia the first of the series to be published by National Geographic.

Next stop Curacao.

Jeroen Swolfs is a freelance photojournalist whose Streets of the World project is taking him all over the planet. He plans to document life in every capital city on earth.