Tonatiuh is the project I’ve been working on for the past year, what will become my first book, hopefully published in May of 2019. A series of images that analyze the repercussions of how this land (Guatemala) was conquered and colonized; also the inevitable scars of almost 500 years of disadvantage and unfair conditions, the Guatemalan highlands and their immense beauty are the perfect stage for my research and a series of trips following Pedro de Alvarado´s (conqueror of Guatemala) journey, searching for situations that create a personal connection with the neglected reality of our society.
This new series is a very personal project, a collection of images shot at night in Guatemala City, an attempt to control my urges and keep the demons at rest, these surreal scenes represent memories, rituals and nightmares lived while my life was completely out of control.
A selection of these images was shown at the “Fórum Latino-americano de Fotografía de Sao Paulo” organized by Itau Cultural in June 2019 as part of the collective exhibit “Ainda há noite / Nos queda la noche”.
Images from my series “Politécnico”, shot in the course of one year in the now decaying “Escuela Politécnica” (Military School), a very important ecosystem for the military forces that fought Guatemala’s internal war for almost 40 years.
Shot for MACÚ, project in collabo with my dear friend @byronmarmol, Gonçaga is an analysis of crime, security and the need of feeling protected in Latin American cities, the project was shot in Santos, Brasil as a part of E.CO, (Encuentro de Colectivos Fotográficos Iberoamericanos)
The project was also printed as the second issue of our collaborative editorial project.
Rainbows, water, nature and complex border towns. Sequence of a trip from Flores, Petén in Guatemala to Spanish Look Out in Belize.
I followed Julie Chappel, British Ambassador for Guatemala, for a day on assignment for Monocle Magazine in 2014
( work in progress )
Migration and adaptation are the main topics the “Ckorea” series revolves around, I’ve been shooting young members of the very fast growing Korean community in Guatemala in an effort to dissect issues of class, community and everyday life.
Shot for MACÚ, project in collaboration with contemporary artist and photographer Byron Marmol, “Joy Vinicio” is a collection of surreal images regarding memory, shot after we won the “Foto 30” 2010 grant for creation, given by Centro Cultural de España en Guatemala.
THE WHITE HOUSE
( work in progress )
Project about the very intricate tension between the traditional “garífuna” town of Livingston and the new migration of mayan people into one of the only territories populated by afro-descendants in Guatemala.
Shot in 2014 but just edited and re-discovered, a series of images shot in the quirky and dark city of Santos in Brasil
While shooting my “Periphery” series I met grandma Simon, a beautiful lady with many stories about segregation, when it was normal and accepted in America. Driving around she would take me to places where as a kid she witnessed acts of racism.
“Periphery” is the first series I worked on after leaving Guatemala, shot between 1998 and 2007 (my time living in NYC), was an escape from the madness and stress of the “big city”, through the years I discovered the amazing aesthetics of the suburbs and totally fell in love with it.