Northwest Fine Arts Exhibition

I’m delighted that my print In the Shadow of Mary from my award-winning series Holy Week in Guatemala was selected for the 2015 Northwest Fine Arts Competition Exhibition at the Phinney Center Gallery. The show will run from October 1-30 with an opening reception on Friday, October 9, from 7 to 9 pm.
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In the Shadow of Mary

The exhibition features painting, photography and sculpture by regional artists Becky Birinyi, Clint Ceder, Ken Coleman, Connie Fu, Nelda Hanson, Bill Hodge, Susan Lally-Chiu, MiYoung Margolis, James McFarlane, Susan K. Miller, Stan Raucher, Yan Ren, Stacy Rosevear, Miya Sukune, Katie Twiss, Robert Williamson, and Jeff Wilson.

The gallery is located in the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6332 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. Phone 206 783 2244. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 am to 10 pm and Saturday 9 am to 2 pm.

Blue Sky 40th Anniversary Exhibition

Blue Sky Gallery Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts is celebrating 40 years of exhibiting contemporary photography with its 40th Anniversary Exhibition: 40/40. I’m delight to have two prints from my series Daybreak on the Ganges in this exhibition, which includes over 300 prints donated by artists who have shown on the gallery walls and in the Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers. All of the donated prints will be for sale throughout the month of October to benefit Blue Sky.

Scindia Ghat, Varanasi
Scindia Ghat, Varanasi
Gai Ghat, Varanasi
Gai Ghat, Varanasi

Holy Week in Guatemala – 2015 Critical Mass Finalist

I’m delighted that my series Holy Week in Guatemala was selected as finalist in the 2015 Critical Mass competition. This project documents the extraordinary traditions of Holy Week that were brought from Spain to Guatemala in the 17th century. These photos were taken in and around Antigua, Guatemala, in March 2015.

In the Shadow of Mary
In the Shadow of Mary

Critical Mass is an annual online program which allows finalists to have their work viewed by over 200 renowned photography professionals.

Photos in Havana Times

Thanks to the Havana Times for featuring three of my photos in an article by Martin Guevara Cuba: Giving Up Revolutionary Pleasures. These photos were taken during my first trip to Cuba in May, 2014.
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Family – Viñales

Tractor - Viñales
Tractor – Viñales

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Waiting – Havana

Px3 Competition Bronze Award Winner

The Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) and is among the most prestigious European photography competitions. I’m honored that my series Holy Week in Guatemala was selected as a Bronze Award Winner in the 2015 Px3 Competition Non-Professional Press Category. A list of winners in all categories is posted on the Px3 website, and images from all gold, silver and bronze winners will be published in the Px3 2015 book to be released in 4 months.


2015 Soho Photo Gallery National Competition

I’m honored that my photo Man with Pipe and Tabor was selected for the 2015 Soho Photo Gallery National Competition. The competition was juried by Elizabeth Avedon, the noted writer and independent curator, who chose 40 diverse images from the over 2,000 submitted.

The exhibition will be on display at Soho Photo Gallery on 15 White Street in the TriBeCa district of Manhattan from July 7 through July 25, 2015, with an opening reception from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, July 7.

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Texas Photographic Society 24th International Competition

I’m delighted that my photo Man with Cake – Remedios, Cuba was selected for the Texas Photographic Society 24th International Competition. The juror for the competition was Dr. David Coleman, Director of the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, and he chose 50 photos from the 847 images submitted.

Man with Cake - Remedios, Cuba

The exhibition will be on display at the Wittliff Galleries at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, from June 1 through July 25, 2015. A public reception with the juror will be held on Saturday, June 6 from 3:00-5:00pm. The exhibition will also travel to the San Antonio Public Library during FotoSeptiembre in the fall, followed by The Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene.

The exhibition may be viewed online and an catalog is available on Blurb.

The Texas Photographic Society is a non-profit organization that hosts a variety of exhibitions, events and workshops.

Easter Thursday Procession in Antigua

Activities go into full swing on Easter Thursday (Jueves Santo), with elaborate processions from Templo de San Francisco Grande and Templo de San Cristóbal el Bajo.

Easter Tuesday and Wednesday

On Tuesday (Martes Santo) and Wednesday (Miércoles Santo), I photographed processions from Templo el Calvario and Templo de San Felipe de Jesús. Some of these photos are shown below.

Lunes Santo Procession

I followed the Lunes Santo procession of Santa Inés del Monte Pulciano on Easter Monday. This rural community had a different feel than the larger churches in Antigua. Their smaller anda was stored in a large shed and had figures of Jesus, Mary and Moses raising a cobra in the desert. The procession was headed by men and boy dressed as Roman soldiers and carrying banners, trumpets and drums. They were followed by Nazarenos, hooded penitent with conical hats, an outfit that has been used for hundreds of year in Spanish processions. They were carrying white crosses with small paintings depicting the stations of the cross. The Nazarenos were followed by the anda, band and clean-up crew, and they traveled along the highway into Antigua, where they encountered the usual problem low-hanging power lines.

Palm Sunday in Antigua

March 29, 2015

In the morning of Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) actors from the group La Luna Llena enact stories from the life of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem.

La Merced Palm Sunday Procession

The Palm Sunday procession, based on traditions originating in Spain centuries ago, began at La Merced on Sunday morning. Dozens of men dressed as Roman soldiers headed the pack. They were followed by men and boys carrying standards of the hermandad (brotherhood) organizing the event. Next came men carrying statues of Saints or angels on wooden platforms about the size of a dinner table, and scores of boys and men swinging incense burners to purify the pathway.

The large anda (wooden platform), topped with a statue of Jesus carrying the cross and surrounded by biblical characters, then emerged from the church. Both the figure of Jesus and the anda were brought to Antigua from Spain in the XVII century. The anda is some twenty meters long and three meters wide, and it weighs over two tons. There are forty padded shoulder rests along each side of the elaborately carved platform. It is so tall that it needs to be lowered onto special rails in order to fit through the large church doors.

Once it’s outside, the anda was lifted onto the shoulders of the cucuruchos, the men who will carry it through the cobblestone streets for the next twelve hours. Each cucuruchos is assigned a specific shoulder rest number and portion of the route to be covered. In addition to the assigned spots, there are a dozen or more men underneath the anda to share the burden, and more men at the front and back to direct and steer it. Hundreds of cucuruchos walk alongside the anda, awaiting their turn to carry. Over one thousand men may act as cucuruchos during the procession. The anda is never set down, and as it sways back and forth while slowly moving forward, it seems as though it might topple over at any minute.

When the procession reaches one of the many carefully prepared alfombras, the Roman soldiers, standard bearers, and others walk around the alfombra and leave it unscathed, only to be trample moments later by the group carrying the anda. The brass band follows closely behind playing mournful dirges. Since the lengthy processions either begin or end in the dark, the anda is brightly illuminated via a long electric cord connected to a large gas-powered generator that is wheeled behind the band.

A few minute later, a similar sequence passes by with the sisterhood carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary on an anda about ten meters long. They have their own band and portable generator. Vendors with balloons, toys and soccer balls follow the band, and the clean-up crew always brings up the rear to remove the remains of the destroyed alfombras. Since it was raining for several hours on Sunday evening, the precious statues were covered with plastic sheets for some time.

Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala

Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala, are extraordinary. Ever since I made the image Good Friday, Antigua in 2008, I’ve wanted to visit again. I finally returned this year, and I’ll be updating this post with images and commentary from my trip over the next few days here. Please stay tuned and stop by during the coming week.
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Good Friday, Antigua (2008)

March 27, 2015

I arrived in Antigua on Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows), just in time to catch the Procesión Infantil Parroquia de San José Catedral (Children’s Procession). This is the children’s opportunity to participate in a small-scale version of the processions that their parent will do during Semana Santa. The young girls, dressed in white lace, carry andas (carved wooden platforms) with statues of the Virgin Mary, and the boys, dressed in purple robes, carry andas with statues of Jesús carrying the cross. This procession lasted five hours as it wended its way through the cobblestone streets for around 4 miles, accompanied by a brass band playing pensive funeral marches. As with all processions, they walk over and destroy the beautiful, freshly prepared alfrombras (carpets) that are made by local residents from colored sawdust, pine needles, fruits and vegetables. A clean-up crew, with brooms, shovels, a front loader and dump truck, bring up the rear to remove the remains.

March 28, 2015

Sábado de Ramos. There were no procession today, but altars and carpets were on display in Templo de la Merced and Templo de San Felipe. The floats from the Templo de la Escuela de Cristo in the Ex Convento Santa Catalina were being clean and ready for the procession next week.

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Float from the Templo de la Escuela de Cristo