Mondays in the Sun

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Sunbathing at Parque Central

As I have mentioned before, we make images with everything that we have read, watched, listened to and experienced. If we think about it, each picture is a portrait of the photographer as much as of the subject being photographed.

Today’s photograph takes its title from the film “Los lunes al sol“, “Mondays in the Sun” about the obsolescence of humans and unemployment. Often I think that as we “progress” as humanity we are working to make humans obsolete. With each advancement in technology we try to make humans less usable. We make machines to replace as many humans as possible. Of course, the problem is that the population of humans keeps increasing while the work for them keeps reducing witch each new technological contraction.

Recently, I also watched the film “Advantageous” about the near-future where middle-age people are becoming obsolete and obliged to transfer their identity into younger bodies if they want to remain employed. Even though this sci-fi film places this future about 100 years ahead, in Guatemala, this middle-age obsolescence is already here as if you take a look at job listings the top age is 35. I guess it makes sense in a country where the majority of the population is young the average age is 25.

The more I look at this photograph of elders on wheelchair taking the sun, I want to make a series of photographs of people in the ages of 35 and 50 with uniforms of their professions on wheelchairs sunbathing at the park. What are your thoughts about these photographic ideas?

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