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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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Recently, with support of Municipalidad de Guatemala, the sunday April 15th (2012) at Reforma Avenue and Las Americas Blvd there was a walk for protest of Free Expression, this oportunity is very important because the free expression is about art. The human body, specifically the skin has been since the beginning of humanity one of the most precious canvas to capture artistic works, but the society Taboos have created an environment of discrimination to people that express artístically  through their own bodies, Comunity is confused by insecurity and this art have a badge of criminal groups in the country, this art seeks to rescue the idea of ​​being an icon of violence and restore the artistic nature of ancient generations. Osmara and others join forces through the protest to express and demand the rescue of this art in Guatemala, and give the value it deserve.

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Text and photos by: Miguel Avila

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Panoramic Vista of Volcanoes Atitlán and Tolimán Volcanoes around Lake Atitlán

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
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A Journey with the majestic views of Lake Atitlán!

Atitlán and Tolimán are the largest volcanoes of the department of Sololá; they are part of the chain of seven volcanic peaks around Lago de Atitlán, Lake Atitlán. With 3537 meters and 3158 m respectively, makes Atitlán volcano the largest in the region, and one of the largest in Guatemala, yet there are two of youngest peaks of the volcanic chain of Sololá.

The origins of these volcanoes is the result of the collapse of old volcanoes, like San Pedro volcano and other small peak that produce the major volcanic events in America and that resulted in the huge crater that actually is filled and we know now as the Lake Atitlán.

The volcanoes Atitlán and Tolimán were formed centuries after this majestic lake was formed. The original lake had a different shape; it was round, but volcanoes Atitlan and Toliman emerged from the bottom of the lake and reached up to the their actual size, resulting in the current appearance of Lago de Atitlán today and its majestic views.

Guatemala Night Sky Views and Time-lapse Video

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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Our eyes are so slow or so fast to catch some movements. I have always love to capture pictures that our eyes don’t see or that pass so fast or so slow that our memory by a instant can see, A photo is a static view but when we merge a sequence of photos produces a dinamic picture, this is the video base. But I have discovered a way to combine a artistic picture with a motion: Time-lapse, the technique was builded on the first film years but perfectioned on 80’s by Ron Fricke with a custom photographic camera. From this years, a lot of photographers have experimented this technique. The digital age offer a lot of possibilities to explote this art method.

I love the image, and sounds and I’m experimenting to make my first film based on photography with time-lapse, let share with you my first production with some experiments done around Guatemala City, Villa Nueva and Amatitlán with night skies. It is awesome to see evidence of how our Earth is so alive even while we sleep. In near future I will publish the first short film about Guatemala City. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have filming it.

Time-lapse by Miguel Avila
Photos by Miguel Avila, Marixa Sanchez
Flickr & Pixelartsys

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