Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bamboo Guatemala

Garden of Retired Actresses and Mistresses, Cementerio General, Guatemala City

I didn't see the name of this garden so I gave it my own. Hello, Norma Desmond…
Also a space for having your stars read or secrets of the tarot channeled from outer space.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Photo Ranch brings "Hudson River School" Romanticism to Sacatepéquez!?

Photo Ranch Presidente and Particle of Dust avoids being mugged in the forest, at least one more time, and brings mid-19th century American art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism to SacatepĂ©quez, Guatemala this afternoon.





Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Basurero, Cuidad de Guatemala; Garbage Dump and Landfill in Guatemala City

A massive dump and land fill for the city of Guatemala is located below the General Cemetery. Zoom in on the image and see the 100's of people who collect items from the garbage trucks as they dump their load.

Garden in General Cemetery, Guatemala City; Jardin en Cementerio General, Cuidad de Guatemala

Late afternoon in Cementerio General, Guatemala City. A mysterious garden seeking a part in a movie or suggestive enough to warp into your dreams or nightmares.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cementerio General, Cuidad de Guatemala; General Cemetery, Guatemala City

A most mysterious historical space in the Halloween strange city of Guatemala (called "Guate" by the bus drivers from the outlying areas), at least from the perspective of a north american anglo saxon still in novice stage being in this peculiar spell of black green magic on the tropical crust. Nothing out of the ordinary for a "Chapin" (nickname for a native Guatemalan). The General Cemetery is alongside an awe inspiring and very deep canyon, at the base of which is the dump and landfill for the city of Guatemala, a city of 3 million inhabitants. The sides of the canyon are coated with XXX lush vegetation, trees and trash, now being the end of any mold's fantasy rainy season in these tropics. The trash heaved down the ravines by cemetery workers and gravity giving it a landslide look. With a little lack of attention a rummed up pedestrian could drop fast hundreds of feet to the base of the canyon into the active landfill or streams of  black sewage, and if that wouldn't be grimy enough, under the hungry attention of thousands of really creepy black vultures circling above when not scavenging below. The vultures' other activities are acting out Edgar Poe book illustrations, shedding feathers, defecating and generally stinking up the top of tombs. Many can't resist the iconic, overdone, perch atop the christian crosses cemented over almost all the walk in style tombs. Careful, again. The tombs teeter right up to the edge of the precipice and there are no fences. The cemetery has a number of fancy tombs from olden days with surnames in addition to the majority in spanish of german, english and other tribes who occupied Guatemala along with the indigenous people, the Mayans.

Not recommended: To bring your astrologer, psychic friend, priest, pastor, imam, rabbi, tarot card reader, hairdresser or any other magician to this place late at night for visionary reading of your future. Unless of course, you're hoping not to have one.