Posts Tagged ‘cemetery’


Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Solemn by Jose Moreno

For me, there might not be a photo that is so impactful as a shot from the Calvario Cemetery, in black and white.

Photo by Jose Moreno.

Colors of Calvario

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Colors of Calvario by Sergio Dominguez

The flower stalls just outside Calvario Cemetery, some empty and some filled to the brim with all different colors and types of flowers, as captured by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.


Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Solitude by Arturo Godoy

There are times when you need to be alone…or perhaps with only one solitary friend to watch over your shoulder.

Photo taken in Calvario by guest contributor Arturo Godoy.


Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Upkeep by Arturo Godoy

As much as I love Calvario Cemetery, I was pleased to recently see maintenance being done on some of the tombs. Here in this photo by Arturo Godoy, a workman patches and repairs some holes on a family’s tomb.

The Storyteller

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The Storyteller by Luna McCarthy

A lovely local man tells guest contributor Arturo Godoy and I this afternoon, how the cemetery in Calvario is the 2nd oldest cemetery in all of Central America. Yet another thing about the people here in Xela, they are always willing to share a story or a little history about our city.

Calvario in Motion

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Calvario in Motion by Sergio Dominguez

People walking, shopping and talking outside of Calvario Cemetery.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.

Dusk in the Cemetery

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Dusk in the Cemetery by Jose Moreno

As much as Josh Bachman loved La Demo, you all probably know by now, I love the Calvario Cemetery. This photo by Jose Moreno captures so many lovely and haunting elements of composition and of the cemetery itself. The sun has set low on the right, casting an appropriately eerie glow on the grounds. The smoke billowing, likely from Santa Aguito, set against the orange and pink sky, Santa Maria standing in dark contrast…ahhh, so many delicious details to see.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno, text by Luna McCarthy.

Fine Line

Monday, December 19th, 2011

In the Cemetery by Jose Moreno

As photographers, we often shoot images that push the envelope of what might be considered “private” or even “ethical”. Often times, reactions will be different depending on the viewer and/or the photo…but what do you think? If a photo is taken of a mourning family member in a cemetery, do you think that is too private? Or do you think those images need to be shown as well? How much is too much? Is this photo okay, while one of a hysterically crying woman might not be? What is your opinion?

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno. Text by Luna McCarthy.

Sphinx in the Cemetery

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Sphinx by Luna McCarthy

Many people see the pyramid tombs in the Calvario cemetery and wonder why they are there, as the cemetery is located in Guatemala. But a smaller more obscure fact goes unknown…why is the statue of the sphinx a female, rooted in Greek mythology, as opposed to the male sphinx, which is used in Egyptian mythology? It’s a good question, but likely one that will remain unknown…

Close of All Saints Day

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Rides by Jose Moreno

As All Saints Day comes to a close, there is a “checklist” of things that should have been completed: Rides – ridden, Flowers – bought, Graves and families – visited. Once that has all been done, it’s back to the house for more fiambre!!

Photos by guest contributor Jose Moreno. Text by Luna McCarthy.

Matter of Perspective

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Matter of Perspective by Jose Moreno

I seek serenity in cemeteries. Around the world I have gone to local cemeteries, listened to the quiet and felt the peace, the sorrow of life and love lost. But in certain places, such as the Calvario cemetery, one can also feel the joy of life lived. The flowers and the brightly painted tombs, the loving words inscribed on the plaques…you can sense the importance of family and of love, here in Xela. For some people, the cemetery is a sad place. Then again, everything is a matter of perspective.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno. Text by Luna McCarthy

More Than Just the “Yellow Church”

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

SAX Cemetery by Sergio Dominguez

Not far from the city, there is a little town called San Andres Xecul in which from high, the cemetery can be seen with its colorful choice of tombs. And since dust we are and to the dust we return, surely the earth in the mountain will appreciate the organics returning to its source.

Post by Guest Contributor Sergio Dominguez

Making Their Mark

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Hands of a Child by Luna McCarthy

This picture was taken about 2 years ago on one of the outside walls of the Calvario Cemetery. Apparently a school project, the art seen here is primitive, raw and innocent.

Sunday Morning

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Stark Beauty by Luna McCarthy

As a photographer, not only is it enjoyable and priceless to capture the looks on people’s faces as they go about their day…emotions can be captured in many of the figurines in the Calvario Cemetery as well. I hope you find the angelic serenity in the face of this statue to be perfect for a Sunday morning.

The “Other” Teatro

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

The "Other" Teatro by Luna McCarthy

I mentioned in a previous post that there are so many interesting tombs in the Calvario Cemetery, including a replica of the Municipal Theatre. Places like this intrigue me, as the story behind the structure is largely unknown. I prefer to think that this may be a shrine to a beloved wife or lover, one whose beauty was unmatched at the time of her death; perhaps like a smaller, Guatemalan version of the Taj Mahal. Or perhaps this tomb houses the founder of the Teatro…does anyone know the ‘true’ story behind this lovely replica?