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Mystical Adventure: Paradigma Café at zona 4

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Paradigma Café - at zona 4 por Hugo Muralles

My new favorite place to enjoy and share a cup of coffee in Guatemala City. Located at Via 5 1-75 Zona 4, you’ll find a nice place to chat or do some work if you need to. This all area is now full with new restaurants and sometimes that means more noise or loud music, although that hasn’t been a problem for me.

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Radical Beauty

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Claudia Armas @Lux Guatemala por Hugo Muralles

I think that I’ve said this before, there are a few good things about living in the chaos of the City and its surroundings, in terms of art and creativity. Both if you are looking to feed yourself or to feed others, I suppose.

Artistic venues come and go for every taste, this time, CCE Guatemala, hosts a curated series of concerts under the Aves Raras concept.  In the main picture, the Guatemalan singer songwriter, Claudia Armas.  Last night, she offered a magnificent and moving concert.

If you can attend, stay tuned to the calendar in their Facebook Page.

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The Guatemalan Musician Germán Giordano

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Germán Giordano by Hugo Muralles

Germán Giordano will be, without a doubt, one of the most charismatic and talented musicians we’ll see on stage for a long time in the guatemalan music scene. He has over forty years making music.

His remarkable musical career was celebrated with a magnificent concert in which he played -with several invited musicians- some of the most iconic and important pieces of jazz of all time. And so The International Jazz Festival was inaugurated a few days ago.  Don’t miss the upcoming updates.

Let’s talk about photojournalism in Guatemala

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Let's talk about photojournalism in Guatemala by Hugo Muralles

There’s a recent boom in digital media in Guatemala, journalism is taking the big leap to Internet or at least that’s what one could hope: There are a few decent sources that are not that focused on getting page views in order to sell big numbers to advertisers, one of them, Plaza Pública is celebrating four years of work.  In the main picture, Luis Soto, Deccio Serrano, Jesús Alfonso and Marvin Del Cid.

As a terrible side note: The photographer and journalist Luis Soto was robbed the same day this talk took place, with tears in his eyes he told this awful experience; lost all of his equipment, he said.
This bad experience among others, were shared in this brief talk meant to discuss the pros and cons about their work in Guatemala.  Overall, they all agreed in the fact that they are not risking their lives for a front page picture, but they also admit, the adrenaline and passion sometimes makes it hard to draw the line.

I find people was really interested in this subject, which is always good for everyone.  They also mentioned there’s a need for support from the heads in the traditional media to recognize the value of their work, and everything that goes with the profession, from fair salaries to psychological assistance.

One of my favorite photographers in Guatemala, Sandra Sebastian was in the audience, supposedly she was invited to be part of the speakers but she refused.  I’ll try to reach her in the future.

By the way, sad and terrible news for this profession and the freedom of speech, a few days ago. (Spanish)

The International Jazz Festival at Guatemala City Begins!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The International Jazz Festival at Guatemala City II by Hugo Muralles

Every year we have this wonderful International Jazz Festival hosted by IGA (Instituto Guatemalteco Americano).  In this press conference, hosted by Ana Sylvia Ramirez, the festival was announced also for Xela, Cobán and Antigua. Most of the concerts are free and the ones you have to pay, really worth it.

In the main picture, also appears the Guatemalan Musician Juan Carlos Murga, he shared some words with the journalists in the press conference, referring to the Jazz listening experience in general he said: “It is uplifting, is something that perhaps have not felt”.

The festival starts today and we have this all month of Jazz to enjoy.  By the way, this is the fifteenth edition.  The best of luck to both organizers and musicians!

Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2015

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Silhouette by Hugo Muralles

The picture above shows two ladies taking their respective portraits in one of the lake decks at Atitlán. After capturing this moment, I was left thinking on why do we take pictures, and it was inevitable to think of time as the answer, like expressed in the song attached to this posts.

“The clock may not mean much to rabbits and owls”

Anyways, the clock, means -and much- to Guatemala this year:

The Guatemalan Government reports positive progress regarding several issues in the country in its most recent annual report to which, relatively well informed people, qualify fake and insulting.

On the bright side, this week Guatemala City starts officially as Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2015, a title given in previous years to cities like Bogotá and Montevideo. You can check the ongoing cultural agenda that this distinction brings to the city.

Hangman in the Shadow by The Gentle Waves on Grooveshark

La Esquina Jazz Café

Monday, January 12th, 2015

La Esquina del Jazz por Hugo Muralles

This is the first time I’ve been at La Esquina Jazz Café, and I’m sure people told me about this place at least a year ago, located at 6ta avenida 0-15 zona 2, Guatemala City. It’s a great place to hear live Jazz and have a drink after work. The melody below was part of the restaurant’s playlist that night, according to my friend Luis, thank you for the reference!

Coffee Shops With High Ceilings

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Una Tarde en Café León por Hugo Muralles

High ceiling coffee shops should be my next photographic hunt, don’t you think? Also, I’m a fan of low light places like the one in the picture, that is Café León, located at zona 1. If you want to know where’s located go to the previous review of this place.  As the afternoon progress, the place gets more people accompanied by a book or friends catching up.

In this kind of buildings, I think I’ll always enjoy to zone out thinking about the original building, the first inhabitants and the sumptuous life they had. Most of them politicians or the first tradesmen that the city came to know.

How About Swimming in Guatemala City?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Swimming-in-Guatemala-City-by-Hugo-Muralles

Guatemalan athletes seem to be having a recent boom in all kinds of disciplines and I just think that in a country so small like ours, this spreads and inspire a lot of people faster than a bigger city. Just to mention a few of them: Mirna Ortiz, Mayra Herrera, Erick Barrondo. Eli has covered a lot of activity with biking and hiking in Guatemala City, but what about swimming?

The cheapest option in Guatemala City probably would be the olympic pool at San Carlos University, is open to the public and I hear it’s not expensive. But I guess if you’re serious about it, you can always consider to enroll in the official national institution: National Federation of Swim, Diving and Water Polo.

There’s always gyms, probably the most expensive of all the options but if you need flexibility related to the location or schedule, this is your best option.

I ignore the exact definition of “open waters” but since Guatemala it’s a country with so many natural resources, I’m sure (and I’ve heard of this) several lakes in the country are used to train this discipline.  In the picture above, a guy swimming in the Lake Petén Itzá.  I hear there’s fear to overcome when swimming in open waters, and from all my fears, this is the greatest one, I think.  Maybe I’ll do a few interviews related to this discipline in the future.

Cedarwood Road

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

A flower for Petina by Hugo Muralles

Big cities, hostile as they are, offer even more chances for you to be more empathetic and kind.  It’s fine if you fail at first, after all, we all grow thinking our future is the one that matters right?, our school, our projects, our home, our car, our T.V. and so on.

The picture above got me thinking… when was the last time I gave somebody flowers, or the last time I kissed the hand of a lovely lady.

I hope you enjoy the song, beautiful lyrics:

To You, Stranger

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

To You, Strangers by Hugo Muralles

Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me,
why should you not speak to me?
And why should I not speak to you?

— Walt Whitman

Well, they aren’t strangers anymore, but I remembered the poem and wanted to share it with you all, from left to right: Denis, Daniel, Petina and Kevin.  Lovely, warm people.  At this point, we were taking a walk to the center of Santiago Atitlán from  Chacaya village.  Locals told me it’s ok to walk in the day time, at night, not so much, there might be “bad people” they said.

But, in any case, good luck to them in the rest of their respective trips through Guatemala and the rest of the world.

Just another sunrise at Flores, Petén

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Minimal Sunrise by Hugo Muralles

Flores has been well covered by now in Guatemala Daily Photo… thinking about it and something to write with this photo I remembered this wonderful dialog that makes a reference to that exact same feeling: “painting the door over and over again”; let us know if you recognize where does it come from and if you know this feeling from your own both personal or professional activities:

– I don’t get it. Why would anyone paint a picture of a door, over and over again, like, dozens of times?

– Well, then why should we do anything more than once? Should I just smoke this one cigarette? Maybe we should only have sex once, if it’s the same thing.  Why not a door? Sometimes you get fixated on something, and you might not even get why. You open yourself up and go with the flow, wherever the universe takes you.

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That door was her home and she loved it. To me, that’s about making that feeling last.