Where I called home until recent problems with a dictator who refuses to step down. León, Nicaragua captures the imagination. A 500 year old city with low lying colonial buildings, stone streets, laughing children, and color everywhere. These pictures depict old men walking past arched doorways, kids behind the scenes at a cockfight, my neighbors with their smiling dog, a pickup truck repurposed as a bus, Also horses, churches, kids, hardworking men, and day-to-day life. Viva León, jodido.
Behind the scenes at the cockfights
Here I found that what was behind the scenes of the cockfight was more interesting than the cockfight itself. Two boys, elbowed out by the grown ups, try to get a peek at the proceedings. One of them eyes me warily with his one eye. The men wear honest workmen’s attire, they are gambling and the air smells of beer, blood, and despair. There are no women.
Old man in a doorway. Hotel Azul
I am proud of this shot which I planned well in advance. With cooperation of the hotel, I set up my camera and shot over 200 photographs of the street during the late afternoon as the light changed. This was the last picture I took just as I was getting ready to leave.
Bringing in the fishing boat in El Tránsito
Wow, this was a fun shot. There is so much going on. The fishermen are pushing the boat along by rolling it on logs. Certainly a centuries old technique. It’s early morning, the kids run along excited, the birds hover because the boat is full of fish ready to be scaled and skinned for market. There is a celebration and joy in this honest hard labor.
My favorite church: La Recolección
I love this church. I love its intense color, which is yellow. Yet for some reason I chose this black and white for my portfolio. I don’t understand myself at times.
My neighbors all smiling, even the dog.
I love León because, despite the poverty, there is much joy there. This was my street, it is 500 years old and leads to the great 18thC cathedral and basilica. Every smile in this photograph brings me joy. Also note the child on the left, she has one skate. The kids share a pair of skates.
Pulperia La Tacha. And horse clip clops past ...
The soundtrack of León consists of nightly fireworks, vendors hawking door to door, motorcycles, and of course the sound of horses pulling drays delivering goods. Lovely.
Hot work, hot sun, hot and heavy metal
A ruta, or pickup truck used for public transit, in front of El Calvario
Betting on a cockfight
Washing the street during Semana Santa
Child in a doorway
Bike picks up cardboard to recycle
Kids after school pass the time in the window of the cathedral in Sutiava.
Billiards and smoke
Early morning breakfast near La Merced
Neon car passes through El Laborío
Although I spend most of my time in and around León, the rest of Nicaragua has its own appeal. Colonial churches, boats on a shore, jungles, and beauty. I particularly like the boys on the horse-drawn dray: one with painted nails smiles happily at me and the other unsure of what to do….
Virgen de Guadalupe church, Granada
Sunset. La Merced, Granada
Boats. Potosí, Nicaragua
Jungle sunset on the Rio San Juan
Classic view of Granada with Lake Cocibolca
Interior of the Basilica in El Viejo
Horses cool off on Río San Juan
Mexico is a big country, and I have only just captured a tiny bit with these photos of Guanajuato, Guanajuato. Reminiscent of old Spain with narrow stone streets, alleys, and hidden parks Guanajuato’s colors are also pleasing to the eye. Two photographs here of the city; one at dusk and one at night illustrate that I think.
I have scratched the surface with this collection of Guanajuato, Pátzcuaro, and Zacatecas photographs.
Zacatecas' cathedral and its Churrigueresque architecture
This church is the pride of Zacatecas and rightly so because its architectural style is unique to this unique city. Zacatecas has more museums that you can possible imagine in a city of this size.
Guanajuato magic at dusk
Steps. U de Guanajuato
View on my way home....
Yellow and blue in Guanajuato
Looking down on Guanajuato
Musicians in an alley in Guanajuato
Guanajuato by night
Museo de momias
Peaceful night in Pátzcuaro
Cool Party. Pátzcuaro
Some friendly charros in the town of Jerez, Zac.
Lady knits in the doorway of the Basilica in Pátzcuaro
First Holy Communion in the Capilla de Nápoles, Guadalupe, Zac.
Dancers perform in front of one of Zacateca's gems.
Padre e hijo at play in the Jardín Central of Guadalupe, Zac.
A caretaker sweeps in front of the altar of Iglesia Fátima in Zacatecas.
Panteón. Jerez, Zacatecas.
View of Zacatecas.
Travel photography of Costa Rica, a Central American country full churches, volcanoes, fauna, birds, and beautiful people. Also my home for a few years after I retired and wondered what to do with myself.
Worker waits out the rain in a church in San José
La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano
An anhinga makes its way through Caño Negro
Basilica Cathedral in Cartago: Nuestra Señora de los Angeles
A man, a plan, a canal, Panamá where the world’s commerce transverses the canal and flora and fauna from two continents converge on the slimmest of isthmuses.
Cruise ship in the canal
A tourist walks through an old fort
Tamarin monkey somewhere on Gatún lake
Commerce: stacked containers pass through the canal
These photographs are mainly from the region of Copan, near the Guatemalan border. Of all the mayan sites, the ruins of Copan are perhaps the most artistic. I am particularly taken with the false arch, which ornaments many of the buildings.
Police station at the entrance of the ruins.
The gentleman with the quiet, gentle gaze is from Santiago de Atitlan on the lake of the same name. To me epitomizes the mien of the indigenous people of the area: humble, dignified, and wise. In many ways he reminds me of José, my gallego grandfather.
Viejito. Santiago de Atitlán.
Man and daughter in procession. Antigua.
Palacio de los capitanes. Antigua.
Hanging bridge. Reserva Natural Atitlán.
Reflection. Zona 1, Guatemala City.
Fountain in Antigua late at night.
Black & White
Man on the street. Santiago de Atitlan, Guatemala
Basilica Catedral de León, Nicaragua.
Grand Central Station, New York, New York
A bar and billiards in León, Nicaragua
Car parked on the street in Bruges, Belgium
OVNI. Second place B&W, Fotoclub de Costa Rica national contest
Óbidos. Blue wall
Portugal is blue.... sky, buildings, waters. Here's a blue wall.
Charcutaria in the Alfama
The Alfama is old and was the original city during the time of the Moors in the 8th C. It’s labyrinthine and mysterious so naturally I am drawn to it.
This photograph is one of my favorites. Just an alley with fruit on the ground. It’s an outdoor still life.
A street somewhere in Portugal
Actually it is in Évora and it was one I passed several times a day. Évora is a wonderful city within a couple of hours of Lisboa and worth the trip and a couple of days.
Mausoleum of Joaquim Moreira. I really love this. If you look through my portfolio you will find lots of cemetery photographs. To me cemeteries are peaceful places and a reflection of local culture. Here I sought to emphasize the old, tarnished metal doors of a mausoleum.
What's everyone looking at?
This was a fun shot. The two men were asleep and something woke them up just as I shot this photograph. The three of them, the men on the bench and the mannequin in the window, all seem to be looking at the same thing.
Cemetery. Óbidos, Portugal
I could do a whole portfolio of photographs from this cemetery. This shed houses the tools used to maintain the beautiful resting place of the Óbidos’ dead.
Quiet streets of Lisbon's Alfama
If I had a signature style, this would be an example….. an old street at night, old stones, textured walls, silence, and history.