Theme Day: Contrast

Culture Contrasts

As every first of the month, AntiguaDailyPhoto is joining City Daily Photo community in the orchestrated global effort to show you “contrast” as a theme day.

My dear friend Manolo Romero said this recently in his guest post Weekend en (La Antigua) Guatemala, “Guatemala is a land of contrasts, and in that sense, La Antigua is where these contrasts are more visible.” He augmented with, “The capital of the kingdom, full of criollismo and paternalism. With reminders of the power of a class that felt trapped between their European ancestors (that treated them like second class citizens) and the local natives, who were trying to protect their identity from the violent conquest and subsequent colonization.”

I believe his writing was superb and perfect match for my contribution about contrast where Mayan women are framed within the arches of Spanish colonial-style church entryway. The Mayan women show us resistance through culture; culture through textiles; textiles as heritage; heritage as identity; identity as resistance. Two worlds, two cosmovisions, one contrast. The living Maya people set against the Spanish architecture backdrop. The rainbow of their clothes against the yellow and white stucco.

I could go on, and on about all the different kinds of contrasts I perceive in the photograph above, but I rather hear from you, my esteemed visitor, what contrasting aspects can you draw out from this quotidian image from La Antigua Guatemala.

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