Street Portraits of Strangers — Maya women

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Street Portraits of Strangers — Maya women

Today was a very good day.

This morning I lead a group of 11 volunteers through the streets of Antigua Guatemala. During the photo walk we encountered a beautiful Maya woman whom I had photographed months ago and only now I was able to give her printed photographed.

After the photo walk, I stopped to say hello and chat with these beautiful ladies. Before I said my goodbyes, they asked me to take their photograph. I was happy to comply.

A few steps later, Henry, the nut ambulant vendor that I profiled a few days ago came to say hi and together we walked to the Kodak mini lab to pick up the prints I had made for him.

Through the Antigua Photo Walks I have developed a proven approach to photograph any kind of people, from introverts to extraverts, even Maya people. In fact, after a couple of years, I have gained the trust of many people on the streets of Antigua Guatemala and now they are the ones asking me to make their portraits.

Antigua Photo Walks are a great way to introduce groups to La Antigua and the country of Guatemala as well. It’s also a great primer photo workshop to learn the do’s and don’ts of photographing people on the streets. For third consecutive year Xela Aid has chosen Antigua Photo Walks as an introduction to Guatemala for their group of volunteers; what an honor it has been for me.

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Rudy Giron: Antigua Photo Walks &emdash; APW — Califonia group from Xela Aid

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