Escaping to Another Era

Escaping to Another Era

Michele Woodey already so eloquently described the emotions La Antigua’s ruins evoke. In her Antigua Abstracted #3 post she wrote: “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.” Yet, the very people of that “fabled history” are there, displaying their wares on the cobbled streets just as their ancestors did. The experience is surreal and I feel like I’ve stepped into a living painting. The entire city – with its colonial ornamentation and kaleidoscope of color – feels like a living painting. I know I have a fresh set of eyes but I just don’t think I’ll ever become weary of venturing out into the city each morning to find whimsical scenes such as these – scenes that I too get to color with my very own, unique hue. This certainly beats U.S. Midwest suburbia. The next time you pass by the Ruins of El Carmen, where the rainbow-colored wares of the Maya people are displayed under the looming, colonial fossil… I beg you to stop… breathe… and take a moment escape to another time, another era.

This city truly romances me like a lover…

text and photo by Laura McNamara

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  • I can feel what Laura so eloquently describes and shows in her photos, but I don’t think I would have been able to say it so wonderfully. Beautiful!

  • It is a nice look at a culture unlike anything I have here where I live. Nice photography.

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  • emromesco

    The prevalence of different tones of blues is striking… Lovely photos.

  • Another beautiful, colorful, interesting photo! Gracias!

  • MO

    Nice picture Laura.

    No need to beg me…, I always stop….breathe…and take a moment to escape to another time, another era at least a few times a day while in Guatemala.

    Rudy, What a nice surprise I got while in Guatemala last week. I saw one of your photographs in one of the pages of REVUE magazine I found in the glove compartment of the rental car. Did not know you are also the web master for this magazine. Great magazine. Congrats!

  • Rudy Girón

    @Laura, I really like your, “This city truly romances me like a lover…” Wow, we are so lucky to have your captivating images and your wonderful feeling-ivoking prose.

    @Everyone, I want to take this opportunity to thank Laura and Michele, our first two guest collaborators, who bring a fresh new angle and perspective to this old town.

    @Hilda, you took the words out of my mind; well put.

    @Abrahan Lincoln, we will follow your pick a peck of pixels for sure.

    @emromesco, you alway pay a lot of attention to the color palette. I wonder why?

    @MO, I am glad you are back. How come you did call me to meet for coffee or Mozas? Yes, I am the Art Director and Webmaster for Revue Magazine. I thought that was common knowledge. Doesn’t everyone know that?

  • Yes beautiful photos Laura- there must be something special in the quality of light in Antigua because the colours do not look the same when you transport them north into a cooler climate!

    • @Michele, you can find the answer by reading Natural Paint Textures. Also, the frequent eruptions of Volcán de Fuego usually help to keep dust on the atmosphere which in turn changes the light colors. Enjoy!

  • Beautiful photo, and the sentiment is wonderful. It’s so easy to fall in love of Antigua, isn’t it?

  • emromesco

    I dunno… maybe I was an Art Director and WebMaster (of the Universe) in my previous life 😉 and thus colours catch my attention.

    Ah, and it is different to fall in love WITH LAG than to fall in love IN LAG… I will start blaming LAG for previous lapses of reason.

  • @Hilda: Thanks for the compliments! Very much appreciated…

    @Abraham: Glad to have a fellow photo-blogger stop by… love your call to action: “Be a part of history.”

    @emromesco: Blue is one of my fav colors… as is green and orange. 😉

    And no details about falling IN love in LAG?? 😉

    @MO: glad to know of another “stop-to-smell-the-roses” enthusiast!

    @Rudy: Thanks for the opportunity to blog on your site Rudy!! Such an honor!!

    @Michele: who knew you were so dead on about the “special quality of light” in Antigua!

    @Jenn: I don’t think I’ll ever get past the honey-moon phase of my La Antigua love affair. 😉