Once Upon a Time In Antigua Guatemala

El Mariachi in Antigua Guatemala

Here’s once again my dear friend Nelo being such an accomodating model for my take on Antigua Guatemala’s version of El Mariachi (Desperado).

I hope you like it. Let me know your thoughts either way!

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  • Luis

    The gentleman looks more like Paul Sutton, Keanu Reeves character in the 1995 movie A Walk In The Clouds.

  • Erick

    A quote from the Desperado movie:

    Short Bartender: [nervous] Is there something in the guitar case?
    El Mariachi: Yeah.
    Short Bartender: What?
    El Mariachi: My guitar.

  • Eric

    I like your concept, Rudy. I would never want to see an ‘El Mariachi’-type in La Antigua, but as an artistic rendering, the photo works very well. The black and white gives it that air of mystery. For those who are not familiar with the ‘El Mariachi’ movies, it makes the viewer ask, “What’s in the cases, and what is this man going to do?”. For those who have seen the movies, it makes us wonder,”Hey, he looks a bit like that guy in…” Nice way to evoke not only ‘El Mariachi’, but almost any gangster film from the golden age. Bien hecho!

  • erica

    I love it rudy!

  • Erickson

    I love it too Rudy.

  • This is great photo. It’s specific and conceptual at the same time. Viva El Rudy!

  • MaggieD

    Rudy RE: El Mariachi – ANYTIME you want to post a picture of this “very handsome” man, we’ll be happy to look at it! 🙂 He should have been a model. Interesting photo; you are so creative. I never tire of seeing what you come up with next. Thanks so much.

  • Brian Wozniak

    LOVE IT!!!!!

    Also, while I see the reference to El Mariachi, it also brings to mind another mental picture . . . Miguel Asturias’s “El presidente”, in the part at the end where the protagonist is at the train station. It really gives me the visceral feeling of terror from the book, in fact I feel slightly nervous everytime I look at the photo.

    My other comment is that this is a timeless photograph . . . obviously it was taken recently, but it could just as easily have been taking in the early 1900’s.

    Great photo!

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