On Assignment | Jairo Alvarez-Botero | 225

Four years ago, I was the photo intern at 225. My boss asked to schedule an early morning shoot with a man who owned a local business and who had an incredible life story. That morning was a beautiful one, and the photographs were lovely. I also enjoyed my time speaking to and spending time with Jairo Alvarez-Botero and his family.

Imagine my surprise, four years later, to receive an e-mail from my boss stating we needed a photograph the same man for a different kind of article. He had attached a photo from a previous shoot, and I was surprised to see it was one of my images from years before.

This time, I met him at his Baton Rouge home to learn he is not only a writer, but he is also a competitive cyclist and an avid gardener.

It was a delight photographing Jairo Alvarez-Botero again, and getting the opportunity to catch up with him and his wife.

Jairo Alvarez Botero, 73, who emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia many years ago, stands in the backyard of his Baton Rouge home on Thurs., Oct. 6, 2011. Botero is a competitive Sr. Olympic cyclist who has won hundreds of medals from races and trials all over the world. He also wrote an autobiography called, "No Such Thing As Impossible," which has garnered many awards. (Erin Parker)

Jairo Alvarez-Botero, 73, who emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia many years ago, stands in the backyard of his Baton Rouge home on Thurs., Oct. 6, 2011. Botero is a competitive Sr. Olympic cyclist who has won hundreds of medals from races and trials all over the world. He also wrote an autobiography called, "No Such Thing As Impossible," which has garnered many awards. (Photo by Erin Parker / 225)

To read more about Jairo, read his Signature article here.

To learn more about his life, check out his website and book.

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