YO-YO: The Inauguration

YO-YO: The Inauguration

This is what the inauguration of the YO-YO: retratos y autoretratos the photo exhibit looked like inside the Sala Marco Augusto Quiroa of Paseo de los Museos in the Hotel-Museo Casa Santo Domingo in La Antigua Guatemala.

Much of cream of the cream of the Guatemalan cultural scene was there to check out the photo exhibit and the magnificent catalog. As you can see in the picture above, the inauguration was very successful as well.

I hope you have enjoyed this mini series documenting one of the most important cultural activities and exhibit to hit La Antigua Guatemala in recent times.

As I have said it before, I try to document life as I see it in LAG and its surrounding villages and communities. It is not my intention to create yet another touristic site about La Antigua Guatemala, nor to create a site for any particular group or interest. Those who have followed the photo stream and captions for a while will know that I do this on my own precarious time; stealing time from my family and friends; many times sacrificing my own sleep and rest time so I can put up a photo per day. I receive NO grant money from anybody. Except for some donations towards the hosting bills and some donated books, a tripod and a battery charger from the Amazon Wish List, I have NOT received economic incentive or reward from this activity which I have done for 647 consecutive days, with over 680 posts and over 800 photographs. On average, the LAGDP takes a couple hours from my day… from my life.

I do hope that you appreciate my efforts to give you a very honest and very biased window view into the life of La Antigua Guatemala. I do hope you appreciate the part of my life which has been spent to create this body of images and information. I am in no obligation to continue, especially if my efforts go unappreciated.

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  • Jerry T

    Rudy, I have enjoyed the YO-YO series. It is great to see the rarely seen cultural side of Antigua. I have been in this building. When I was there the gallery was filled with art work to benefit some children’s charity. This is a beautiful gallery in this restored (sort of) church. Santo Domingo is an impressive use of a ruin. Don’t get discouraged. I very much love and appreciate your work. Your commentary makes me think and is very educational. Thanks to your friends and family for allowing you to share your work and thoughts with us.

  • I think this was a great series of photos, it gave another view of the complexity that is antigua with the modern and a 400 year old historic city.

    thanx Rudy.


  • Manolo

    Thanks for this photo. Is good to see that Tasso Hadjidodou is still alive and part of the “cream of the cream of the Guatemalan cultural scene”.
    You know my friend, for me is enough that through LAGDP I get to know you, whom I consider part of an inner circle of friends. The occasional e-mail and phone call is ok, but without LAGDP where would I put my acerbic/lyric/sometimes even acid comments? LAGDP is you and you are me and we are all together.

  • I certainly hope that you continue to work on this site without any sense of obligation other than your own desire… For me it’s a window into a world I’ve never, and may never, be able to experience first-hand and I really appreciate the opportunity to catch these glimpses… Don’t want the tourist sites to introduce me to anything– I want to see everything through the eyes of someone living there… Thanks for all your work…

  • Rudy, Let us all hold hands and sing “This is land is my land, this land is your land…” except we would have to insert La Antigua Guatemala somewhere in the song. 🙂 As far as LAGDP, this is my (our) window into LAG Rudy…for some of us it’s nostalgic, for others informative…but always a connection to Guatemala. Personally, I am thankful for this series because I like to see the many sides of La Antigua Guatemala. I remember that, during one of our vists, my parents and I went to an art exhibit in Las Capuchinas and some people told us half puzzled, “Really? Is that going on there?” LAG is to be discovered with each trip, there is always something going on. I find that that is what makes LAG great. LAG is not made up of only one component, but various components and these in turm make LAG one of the preferred destinations for so many of us. Thanks again. Oh. I forgot, I can sing, but not well…but yeah, the South Park rendition sounds good, we would all be singing (me off key) Las casitas…;-)

  • Rudy, you show me sides of Antigua that I never saw in the 4 precious days I was there. I love your pictures. Thank you.

  • Cynthia

    Hi Rudy,
    As with all of your photos and comments, I appriciate this window into La Antigua and Guatemala, including the yo yo series.
    Best regards,

  • Beatrice

    Your efforts are not unappreciated!!! I love your pictures, stories and Antigua!! Thanks for sharing them with us.