Enjoy it while it lasts!

Enjoy it while it lasts

Sometimes when you start a series you don’t know where to begin. I have colors, rich saturated colors for you. But, I will start slow; raising the intensity as we progress; kind of like rising the volume. Which remains me of another photo with lost of colors: Pump up the color.

In the Daily Photo Cities, we all have different approaches to documenting the life in the cities we happen to live. The same can be said about the subject we pick and the kind of photography each of us like. Street photography is my thing because I like to capture people, their interactions, their clashes, their feeling, their thoughts, et-cetera. I also like to capture color and texture. If I am lucky I can get all of that in one photograph. Today’s photo meets my criteria to the t. What I like about this photo is how little noise there is, the flat color, two people enjoying their fresh-fruit ice cream, the warm color of the late afternoon, the composition. Well, I don’t have enough words to describe the feeling or “puncture” I derive from this photograph as Roland Barthes calls it in his book Camera Lucida. The interesting part about photography is that we are all affected or tickled by different things. This photo might not do anything for you.

Today’s photo is one of the better examples, I’ve seen, of why people leave bewitched after spending some time Antigua and Guatemala. They feel an urge to return, as Christine put it (by the way she will start the Omaha Daily Photo— you go girl!). Some of them, actually come back for a long stay after taking a trip to learn Spanish.

So what’s in the spell? Well you need start with sunshine, lots of it in the morning and in the afternoon—even in the rainy season; a nice warm and temperate weather; add tons of color and texture to that; don’t forget to include the exotic element; stir up culture and tradition from the many flavors of Guatemalans (Indigenous, Xincas, Garí­funas, Mestizos, Whites, Catholics, Evangelicals); don’t forget great Mayan, Colonial, Modern and vernacular architecture with many contrasts; mix-in fresh fruits, vegetables, and Guatemalan dishes; you now have about half the ingredients of the magic potion. I will continue with this recipe as we progress—keep the flame on low for now.

You can see the previous color series by picking the Color Palette category on the sidebar.

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