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Feria

Hi, everybody! I know it's been a bit since I've posted, and I've got quite a lot to share from my first few weeks in Guatemala. By way of context, I'm based in Panajachel on Lake Atitlán for the next few months with Mercado Global, which empowers indigenous women through nutrition and education programming, and through the sale of gorgeous bags. You can learn more about the organization here, but suffice to say, I absolutely love the work I'm doing, and the space I'm in. After a challenging summer, it's been wonderful to be in such a beautiful place, and around such inspiring people. This last year of projects- the Rwanda photo exhibit, shoots with ArtLifting, my work in Jordan, and now my internship here- has all underscored my desire to work in the creative realm, and to pursue this direction further. 

To that end, I wanted to share some of my favorite shots from Feria, an annual festival here in Panajachel to celebrate the town's patron saint. The entirety of the town is taken over with parades spanning the entirety of Pana's main streets, amusement rides, pop-up food stalls. There's also the incessant sounds of bombas going off overhead, a persistent layer of confetti throughout the fairgrounds, and groups of locals wearing creepy, whimsical wooden masks, lining the town's roads. Shooting throughout reminded me of the extent to which I so enjoy documentary photography; chronically fascinated by everybody and everything. I love the myriad of facial expressions I'll discover in each shot, the abundance of textures and colors, the curious mix of voyeurism and direct interaction between myself and the various people I encounter.

For more regular updates, you can follow along on Instagram, where I've been sharing regular updates. Interested in prints, commissions or other freelance projects? Drop me a line via my contact page. More to come soon xx

 

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