Nicaraguan Folk Music Group Tapacalí in Antigua Guatemala

Rudy Giron: &emdash; Street Portrait of Nicaraguan Group Tapacali

This photograph of the Nicaraguan group Tapacalí, Nahualt for río de caracoles colorados or river of red snails I took it within second of encounter them on the street by simply asking if I could take their picture. I used my new favorite prime lens, the 28mm, which allows me to be within feet of my subjects and it’s very bright and fast. The Grupo Musical Tapacalí is from the city of Somoto, Madriz, Nicaragua; does anyone know where in the world is that located?

One of the exercises that I asked for on the street photography workshop I taught last week was to take five photographs of total strangers on the street asking for permission first. I thought this was going to be the easy part of the workshop, but, believe or not, this was the most difficult part for the students to approach. Furthermore, I asked if at all possible to take the photographs between 3 to 5 feet or closer. I guess that since I have been doing this for so many years, the whole exercise of approaching strangers on the street to take their photo comes as second nature to me. What about you, do you think you can do it?

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  • Eric

    I think I could, Rudy, but then again, I’m very, very comfortable in and around La Antigua. While I’m no expert, the art of ‘santander’ is something that suits visitors well in Guatelinda, especially those with cameras at-the-ready, wouldn’t you agree? I’ve never been refused a photo after buying a coffee, first…or elote asado…or tortillas… 😉

  • Cindee

    Rudy! I have been to Somoto many times!!! My dear friend in Peace Corps was assigned there, so I often went to visit her. A nice small community. A group from there is big time. How exciting. I will forward this right over to her. Somoto is just below the Honduras border, not on the Intercont. Highway, but a bit west of that one.
    Thanks for posting the photo. It is a good one.