Most of the time, digital technology is smaller, less expensive, more portable, full of instant gratification and widely available to more people. One exception is the replacement for the instant Polaroid photography. As you can see in the picture above, the park photographers in Antigua Guatemala had to find a replacement for the disappearing Polaroid film and the replacement is much more heavier, less portable since they have carry a set of batteries as big as the printer itself, and much more expensive. Nevertheless, I take my hat off to these park photographer who persisted in finding through their Guatemalan ingenuity a way to stay in business and to take food to their homes.
Next time you’re strolling around Parque Central, hire them for an instant photograph session. That’s what I call a win win situation since you’ll get a chance to see the printing show, take a snapshot with you and support the photographers and their families at the same time.
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