Monday, November 17, 2008

Fin

It is all done now. What follows is some skipped over photos from along the way.



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The last is kids refusing to leave after rushing the court to play during a timeout at the grand opening of the new basketball court in San Pedro. They even fruitlessly threw candy away from the court to get them to leave.

Arte Disponible

Available Art

When advertisers stop making payments on billboards in Guatemala, this is the manner in which they are dealt. To prevent the advertiser from getting free space, the owners wash off the ink leaving what looks akin to a contemporary art version of the ad.

It was difficult to grab photographs as the only time you see these is when you are whipping by on a bus. These three are what I got. Occasionally, the ads were for political parties and the workers cleaned them in such a way to make a statement. Unfortunately, I could not catch any of these examples of second-hand culture jamming: art from dead ads.












Monday, November 3, 2008

Todos Santos Cuchumatan

On the waning days of the trip, I was lucky enough to catch the yearly horse races at Todos Santos Cuchumatan, during All Saints Day. I cannot pretend to be an expert on the races and the importance/relavence to the town. I was just another tourist there and took some pictures. There is some literature out there explaining the town and the history of the races. Seek it.

Todos Santos is widely noted, though, for excessive alcohol consumption, to the point that the town was forced to go dry a few months ago. Plenty of aguardiente was blackmarketed in for the festival though, as drinking is an important part of the festivites. If I felt like, it I could have taken a million pictures of men passed out in the street. I didn´t feel like it much, for one reason or another.

Ok, I took one.

Here is what I took otherwise.

At the end is a sound sample.
















The day was divided up into two sets of races. Clouds took over for the second half of the day.






















Note whilst listening, the horses run back and forth along a half mile track. There is no keeping track of times or a winner. They just run back and forth for hours, a bit of a test of drunken endurance more than speed.



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