A look behind the lens of photographer and travel writer Al Argueta
A few weeks ago, I got an email from an art director looking for images of the Maya World (Guatemala, southern Mexico, Belize, Honduras) for an upcoming magazine feature. I sent him a selection of images, from which he picked a few, but he still wanted something really distinctive for an opener. My assignment, then, was to take an engaging photo of a Maya site with modern people prominently featured in it. The idea was to capture the identity these ancient ruins have assumed in the modern world: as frequently-visited tourist attractions.
I chose Tikal as my venue, as I feel its location best conveys the drama, splendor and awe of a visit to a Maya site. In its heyday, Tikal was the Manhattan of the Maya World. The trick was to communicate this feeling in a single image. It was a particular challenge for me to photograph a place I’ve visited at least a dozen times and see it in a new and interesting way. It was a fun shoot and it reinforced my belief that every visit to a familiar place can yield new and unexpected results no matter how many times you’ve been there.
The images have been sent off and a winner chosen. You can see it in the February 2012 issue of Delta’s SKY magazine. These three, while not chosen by the editors, were some of my favorites from the shoot.
All photos © Al Argueta 2012.