Archive for December, 2010

Our Farewell to 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Our farewell to 2010

I wanted to post a happier picture on the last day of the year, but this is what I came across on the corner of 13th avenue and 4th calle, when I left work last night. A drunk guy sleeping on one side of the road and some chuchos digging the trash in search of food.

It was one those magical moments. Because when I first saw them, the guy was sleeping almost in the middle of the street. And one worried by-passer decided to move him to the sidewalk. It was like he was preparing a moment for me to photograph.

Goodbye to 2010, welcome to 2011… Let’s see what craziness you are gonna bring us.

Los Tobitos

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Los Tobitos

This is probably the best chicken that you can get for Q17 in Xela. This guy comes out around 6 o’clock and sells chicken from his bus. It is right in front of the stadium. Oh, the reason why I have a shot that is this close is that I am working on a multimedia story on this guy. That’s why he let me on the bus.

Funeral

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Funeral

Yesterday was the funeral of the Second Bishop of the Archdiocese, Monseñor Luis Manresa Formosa of 95 years-old. One of our contributors, Enrique Hernandez Avila and I went to the cathedral to cover this event. As always, I was impressed and fascinated with the beauty of the ceremony. First time in my life, I actually saw a complete christian funeral. It’s quite different from muslim funerals. Very different… So here is some coverage of it.

Funeral Funeral

Funeral Funeral

The funeral was very crowded. Hundreds of people filled the cathedral.

Funeral Funeral

Nephew of the Bishop, who came from Spain, Gerardo Manresa was present at the funeral. The church presented him a framed photo of his uncle. He was also the center of attention for the local media. For more information, you can check Nuestro Diario, Prensa Libre and Quetzalteco. They had their reporters, covering this significant funeral.

Quinceañera photo shoot

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Quinientos photo shoot

Tonight at Central Park, at the Kiosk, i think this girl was having her quinceañera photo shoot, with her beautiful dress. She definitely looked gorgeous, but I still have issues with private photo shoots at public spaces. Not as a photographer though, as a subject…

Quiet Reflection

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Hadn’t visited the church in a while so I spent some time today quietly reflecting over Christmas. This church has beautiful light in the mid to late afternoon.

Edge of a hill

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Edge of a hill

I shot this photo from my friend’s Shayla’s rooftop last night. She doesn’t live that far from where I live, but honestly I don’t exactly know the location. Somewhere in Zone 2, there is this dreamlike scene. I wonder how those people, who live at the edge of this hill, feel? It is an interesting spot to have your house.

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Christmas Eve

Tonight, if i didn’t know what was going on, I would definitely think that there was a war in Guatemala. Man! You guys are even crazier than we, Turks.

At midnight, for about half an hour, entire city was on and off, illuminated by the fireworks. I was at my friend’s Spanish school. We also did our part in front of the school. Compared to rest of the city, ours seemed pretty small but it’s better than nothing.

Christmas Eve

Afternoon Sun

Friday, December 24th, 2010

I love the view from my apartment’s roof in the afternoon. The clouds start to form over the mountains the sun just kisses the rest of the city with light.

Mr. Creep at the park

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Mr. Creep at the park

I have lived in cold places. I have lived in places where kids make snowmen almost on a daily basis. Some were cute some were a bit ugly, but none were this creepy like we have at the central park. And I think in a city like Xela, where it doesn’t snow at all ( and obviously we are not located at the peak of Volcán Tajumulco, where it snowed once) , this guy looks so out of place.

Mr. Creep at the park Mr. Creep at the park
Mr. Creep at the park Mr. Creep at the park

I also wanted to bring some attention on the little details of our Christmas decoration at the park. I am sure you all have seen them. But I am also pretty sure that most of you didn’t take a moment to see them closer. They all have a different texture, which feels quite different when they are lit. It’s nice to see the waltz of light and different materials.

Way to Xela

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Way to Xela

I like this drawing a lot. It is at Kings and Queens, showing the direction to Xela. I sometimes wish Xela were as fun as it is portrayed in this drawing.

Lunar Eclipse

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Monday night or Tuesday morning the only full Lunar Eclipse of 2010 over Xela. I am always blown away at how cool Eclipses are lunar or solar, both just put me in a state of wonder and awe. I shot this from my roof and by the way it was really cold outside!

The Kiosk

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The Kiosk

A nice shot of the Kiosk from Enrique Hernandez. So this monument is a tribute to composer, Rafael Alvarez, the composer of the national hymn, for the 100 year of his birth. And it was built in 1958. So when you take a break from your daily rush and sit there, you are actually sitting on stones that are 52 years old. It’s kinda impressive to know.

First beams of the day

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

First beams of the day

I shot this photo after a full moon hike to Volcán Santa Maria. In the morning, there were so many cows all over the peak. I couldn’t believe how they could make it up there. And around 6 a.m, they were already having breakfast and defecating all over the place.

An irresistible fact from Xela

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

An irresistible fact from Xela

I had to post a picture of this guy. I had to just to show my appreciation of it. It’s my favorite in this country.

Street food culture

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Street food culture

We have a street food culture in Turkey, too. But I wasn’t fond of it. Since I came to Guatemala, I have been eating street food more than ever before. I still have question about the hygiene, but some of them are so good that I can’t resist.