I Am Fofo!

Fofo

I am the Walrus… I am Fofo… I am the Walrus.

Honest. Fofo is short in Guatemalan Spanish for Rodolfo, which is Rudolph in English and German (I think) and Rudy is diminutive for Rudolph. So there you have it I am Fofo… But Fofo is not me because I am the Walrus.

This portrait of Rodolfo “Fofo” de León was taken the same night as the portrait of The Violinist. I have shown two photos or maybe three photos of Rodolfo de León. Let’s see if you can find them in the LAGDP archives.

Below I leave you with I Am The Walrus from the MUST-SEE film Across the Universe:

On a total different tangent, if you are going to be in Guatemala tomorrow and for the rest of the month, I would like to invite you to the collective photo exhibit República Paraí­so at Museo Miraflores (Miraflores Museum) where a bunch of Guatemalan photographers, including myself, will be showing why Guatemala could be considered a photographic paradise. Nevermind the Killer’s Paradise. 🙁 Anyhow, below is the invitation in case you decide to go.

REPíšBLICA PARAíSO INVITATION

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  • Fascinating photo, Rudy. I like the portraits in black and white too.

  • This is an arresting portrait, Walrus.
    It all starts with the tilt of the head, but it is the eyes: the eyes are magical.

  • People are almost always best in black and white aren’t they? Nice portrait!

  • ale

    wow! the world is so small; Fofo, I’m so glad to see him here, a truly talented human being in all regards, as an artist as a person and as a friend. One of a few friends that I can call “hermano”.
    Thanks Rudy, as usual, great photo.

  • Gina

    Wow! this is wonderful Rudy …
    My maiden name is Rudolph …
    So this strikes home!!!
    Can’t wait till August 30th
    and the “grand wedding” we will
    be attending in Guatemala!!!
    Your Blog has been fascinating ..
    and we look forward to visiting many of the spots you have introduced us to via your Antigua Blog.
    Many Thanks for your diligence!

    Gina

  • ¿Qué no Rodolfo es Chofo? Or is that a mexican thing? I have lived so long away from Guate, that sometimes I forget our colloquialisms. My
    brother
    informed me about your website, and it looks great man. Keep up the good job. Did you study photography in Guate? or abroad?

  • ¿Qué no Rodolfo es Chofo? Or is that a mexican thing? I have lived so long away from Guate, that sometimes I forget our colloquialisms. My
    brother
    informed me about your website, and it looks great man. Keep up the good job. Did you study photography in Guate? or abroad?

    Jorge

  • MO

    Rudy,
    Is Fofo the guy to the left of the violinist on the violinist video (from frame 18 seconds – 39)? Is he a band member or just a bar patron?
    Mario.

  • MO, yes Fofo is the guy in the video. He’s an artist and you can see his hands in the photo For the Disappeared and Body Puppets entries. The violinist plays solo in the cantina tour circuit of La Antigua Guatemala. Fofo is one of my friends and an integral part of the bohemian antigüeño nights. The dark shape you see in the foreground of the photo above is a Litro de cerveza Gallo. 😉

    Jorge, you’ve been away for way too long… come home son, you’re country cries out for you. 😉

    Gina, Rudolph is your last name I supposed? If you appreciate my diligence, you know, you can always support my effort by acquiring a photograph; I will know then how much you appreciate my diligence. 🙁

    Ale, me extraña que digas esto Ale, ya que sabes desde hace mucho que cubro seguido lo que hace nuestro querido cuate Fofo. 😉

    Snapper, thanks for your kind words. I do like this portrait because of feel of the black-n-white image.

    Julie, he was watching the violinist play María bonita.

    Abe, I really thank your comments since I know how difficult it is for you to comment now. Thanks.

  • ale

    I know, I know, I have seen a nice group of friends thru your pics, but fofo is one of my best friends, so it was nice to see him again.

  • Gail

    Hi,

    I visit your site daily and learn so much from you. I have visited Antigua 3 times and miss it dearly. Your post re: “Fofo” pushed me to finally send a comment. My son, adopted from Guatemala, was given Rudolfo as a middle name and his foster family only ever called him Chofito or Chofo. I was surprised to see “Fofo” as a nickname and wondered if Chofo and Fofo are interchangeable. Although we legally changed our son’s name to Alejandro we continue to call him Chofito b/c it is so meaningful and the only name he knew for 11 months.

    I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on the name Chofito. Also, I am so excited your photos are now available to purchase. I will pour over them again looking for my favorites.

    Thank you,
    gail

  • Gail, Chofo is the most common nickname for Rodolfo, but you can also use Fofo and Fito. I believe these nicknames or diminutives apply to Adolfo as well. I will be waiting for your selection of photos to print. 😉 And thanks again for your support.

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