Sunday, May 15, 2011


Monterico, Guatemala

Legendary (and perhaps cheating) war photographer Robert Capa is widely attributed to saying, "If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough."

It's sage advice for anyone who photographs people, and one echoed to me by several of the pros in Seattle.

It's advice to follow.

But in my recent trip to Guatemala, I did not. I didn't feel like talking to people, something neccesary to gain their trust for a photogenic moment.

So I lagged behind and instead looked for wide shots, trying to capture human figures in different lights.

The pictures are basically from three places in Guatemala: The beach of Monterico, on the Pacific Coast; the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, and from the highways cutting from the coast to Guatemala City.
Here are the results:

As the sun fell on Monterico, a large group of men and women, and children gathered near the hotel where I stayed to play soccer and volleyball on the beach.

A group of kids were there, too, kicking and bouncing a volleyball:


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