We arrived in
the Yucatán Peninsula from California through Cancún; from
there we drove down the coast to explore the Mayan's Land, where
this series of photographs were taken.
To be in the
Mayan's Land was a dream come true. I have such fascination for
old civilizations and they have always been in my dreams.
Tulum, which is
located by the coast and where I took my first shots, impressed
me not for its magic atmosphere, but for the ancient
architecture I had never seen. It seems like a puzzle where we
should not only put back the stones to rebuild it, but get to
know its wisdom.
After the third
day of coast exploration we headed inland. We arrived in
Chichen-Itzá in the afternoon. At night we saw the light show,
which is the representation of the equinox that happens every
March 21st. It consists of a reflection of the sun light on the
snake built on the side of the central pyramid, during a certain
time of the day. The position of the sun light makes the serpent
appear to be alive and descending from it. The event attracts
people from all over the world. However, I could not photograph
it because I did not bring a tripod.
The following day I was one of the first people to get into the
sacred city of Chichen-Itzá (I left my family behind). In a
second I jumped into the past and discovered places I had
dreamed of. I found buildings, rooms, walls, a square and more
that brought back feelings I had experienced only in my dreams.
We were supposed to stay at Chichen-Itzá for two days, but
because of my fascination and desire to photograph during the
morning sun light, we postponed our departure for a day. Of
course this extra day was not even enough because I met someone
who took me to a new area of Chichen-Itzá being restored where
nobody, other than the archeologists and city personnel, have
been. Thus, the subjects of some of these images have not been seen yet by
the world outside of Chichen-Itzá, (by the time they were taken).
As a photographer I would like to visit, as much as I
possibly can, ancient cities around the world and put together a
photographed documentary art show. I intend to capture feelings,
shapes and styles of the culture of those people who lived in an era
that has been long gone, but we as humans with the available
technology, can still experience the grandiosity of their spirit
through the medium of photography. It is my hope that the
photographs will help people from this and future generations to
think of these past legacies that we know so little about as an
example of things we must preserve, to live a present making
wise decisions thinking of the future of humans on the Earth and
in what we will leave for the ones to come after us, as a must.
To make this
dream come through, I am investing in photography for
photography itself to make it possible. And so, I am looking
forward to having your comments, suggestions, and patronage;
especially, from those who share the same feelings about
preserving the memories of these ancient cities of wisdom, and
who believe in the beauty of dreams. As Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt
says, "The future belongs to those who believe in the
beauty of their dreams."
here were taken with a manual camera, Canon AE-1, 50mm lens.
They are printed in full frame on Fiber based archival paper.
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