Antigua Abstracted #3

Antigua Abstracted #3

One of Antigua’s many attractions is slowly discovering the piled and jumbled beauty of ruined buildings scattered throughout the old city. The romanticism and nostalgia of shattered architecture has always drawn traveler’s and tourists to places such as these- from the 19 Century grand tours taken by Europeans through Ancient Greece and Rome- to present day seekers of lost cities in the Guatemalan jungles. These half remembered places of the imagination hold a nostalgic and irresistible fascination for us, with their gaping windows and palimpsest scarred walls holding up nothing but empty sky and stars. These are places where episodes of history become entangled with our dreams- where stories and fables are as intricately woven together as the creeping vegetation that threatens to overwhelm the architecture itself. The effects of time, events, catastrophe, and nature have all worked away at the stones as a sculptor might, creating in the end, physical poetry.

text and photos by Michele Woodey.

Fountain ruin Ruin façade

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  • Were you realy up at 4am putting this online!- what a guy!- In the first photo I was trying to make it look like an old faded etching, and the breaking down of the image seemed to go with the ideas in the text.

  • Absolutely beautiful prose Michele, especially the following: “These are places where episodes of history become entangled with our dreams- where stories and fables are as intricately woven together as the creeping vegetation that threatens to overwhelm the architecture itself. The effects of time, events, catastrophe, and nature have all worked away at the stones as a sculptor might, creating in the end, physical poetry.” Every word of that is absolutely true for me. Interesting manipulation with the main photo. I like the “crumbling effect” it adds to the ruins. The black and white is also quite striking.

    Speaking of “present day seekers of lost cities in the Guatemalan jungles.” I’m headed to one just site soon. More info to come…

  • Thanks Laura………………I wonder where you are off to?- I hope to do some exploring myself in the future- Cant wait to hear and see of your adventures!

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