Chichicastenango, located about 140 km northwest of Guatemala City, is an indigeneous town, home to what is surely one of the most colorful native markets in North and Central America. The Spanish conquistadors gave the town its name Tzitzicaztenanco, or "City of Nettles".
The famous handicraft market of Chichicastenango draws not only the K'iche' Maya of the surrounding region, but vendors from all over Guatemala. They represent many of Guatemala's linguistic groups such as Mam, Ixil, Kaqchikel and others, each hawking his or her products in a riotous cacophony of color, dialects and costumes, smoke, and smells. This town in the mountains of Quiche has been, since pre-Hispanic times, one of the largest trading centers in the Maya area.
In the central part of the market plaza are small eateries called “comedores”. I was sitting at one of the comedores in the plaza, watching those young girls chatting, while I was trying to catch a good pose. The girl at the centre looked like she was probably only 16 years old, though she had a ring.
After I took the shot, they all turned towards me and smiled. I still regret I didn’t take a second shot there but, you know, those were the days of analog cameras and not digitals, and slides were not cheap for a student. :-)
Scanned from slide, applied sharpness & saturation, and local burn.
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CLODO (29706) 2010-08-05 1:29
A strange atmosphere, a very good composition with the 2 blurred ladies framing the sharp one showing them her ring. Looks like a painting of the Virgen.
daddo (23104) 2010-08-05 2:14
Merhaba Erdem.Only occasionally, if at all, one manages to take a photo in which the human soul shines through and looking at the face in the photo makes the heart respond. such is this photo of yours. This girl's face illuminated by the sun's rays stands out vividly surrounded as it is by the shadows cast by her headdress. It is her eyes, that distant look, almost of someone who is peering into another reality, which moves the onlooker. Beautiful colours in this special creation. Cok, cok guzel. Selamlar. Klaudio.
tusharkmandal (3171) 2010-08-05 2:15
A brilliant composition and a beautiful supressed natural colors. The looks are very nicely captured.
delnaja (2054) 2010-08-05 2:19
I like what I see here ... Her expression is fascinating and the colors are also like an old film. But after checking the photo information, it is from 1993 :)
Love it !
macondo (18551) 2010-08-05 5:26
I can only say that you have a small masterpiece here. The harmonious and beautifully balanced composition, nonetheless candid in nature, reveals an almost transcendental moment in the eyes of the central girl. I love the vignette effect of her hood around her face, and the angle of her eyes. Her hand, with its ring, is almost the focal point because of the light falling on it. The rich and deep colours and the gentle blurring are also superb. Wonderful! And a great note. Pity you missed the second smile, but look what you did capture. Glad you did a great job scanning it.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3885)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1993-01-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon AE-1P, Soligor AF 28-210mm f : 4,5 - 5,6, Kodachrome 64
- Exposure: f/5.6
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-08-05 1:23
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