This lady has an important role in the search and rescue effort. When she blows the whistle everyone on the site has to be silent. It means that her rescue team is trying to hear the voice of a survivor in the ruins. It's a powerful sight seeing hundreds of people gathered in silence hoping to hear that one small sign of life. #
My visit to Mexico took a sharp turn. Hours after arriving to Mexico City a 7.1 earthquake hit us. For the second time in less than two weeks, we had to evacuate and find a safe place. I found myself running around with my camera and documenting this horrible disaster. More then 40 buildings collapsed in Mexico City alone. #
Sometimes when I'm busy taking photos I forget how funny I might look to others. Donsa and Fernanda definitely thought that the gringo running around their neighbourhood with a camera was an amusing sight. #
12 year old Venesa Todos has so much joy in her eyes! She invited me to see her home in zone 3 where she lives with her grandmother. Despite all the hard times they love life and share their joy with everyone around them. #
There are around 7000 people working in the dumpsite collecting anything they can recycle. The work is strenuous and dangerous while the pay is terrible. Their lives are tough and their struggle is so far from the reality I live in that I could never understand what they are going through. 1/2 #
The last few days I spent trying to document life in Zone 3 of Guatemala City. I say trying, because it has been a difficult task. Beyond the physical challenges of working in such a rough place, there is also a huge mental gap between the local people and myself - most of the time I felt like me and my camera are not welcome here, and I understand why. #
Zone 3 in Guatemala City is known as the Basurero - Garbage Dump. The communities around the dump arrived here in the wake of the civil war in the 70s and 80s. Today, a new generation is taking over. Digging through the trash, salvaging and re-selling anything of value. #
The local market is my first stop in almost every city I visit. It is where you can experience the smells, sounds, colors and general energy of a place. The market in Antigua definitely delivered all of the above! #
Yesterday another earthquake hit Guatemala. We had to evecuate our building in the middle of the night, but thankfully we are safe. Guatemala has a long history of earthquakes. An example of that is the story of Antigua. Until 1773 the city used to be the capital of the country, but because several earthquakes devastated the city, the capital was moved and today known as Guatemala City. In the past few days I had the chance to stroll down the streets of Antigua, meet some people and take in its unique history. My thoughts and prayers in this time go to all the people in Guatemala and Mexico who have been affected by this last earthquake.
You can stroll around for hours in the beautiful city of Antigua, Guatemala. # The Spanish architecture from old colonial days is stunning and the volcanoes surrounding the city are breathtaking. But the soul of this town is its people.