As soon as I saw this week’s #FriFotos theme – rooftops – I knew the images I wanted to share. They came from the camera of a professional travel photographer, Adam Elliott, who also happens to be a longtime friend of Amble Resorts’ founder and president, Ben Loomis.
These photographs were taken on a rooftop in Panama City’s historic district, Casco Viejo, during Adam Elliott’s visit to Panama for the purpose of capturing some of the first professional images of our wild island, Isla Palenque. There’s something about these two kids that grabbed me – I feel intuitively that they have a story, and the bibliophile in me wishes that someone would write it already.
People are drawn to Casco Viejo as a beautiful enigma: constantly changing, yet steeped in history. New faces turn up in Casco all the time, hailing from around the world; the local culture is notable for its egalitarian cultural and socioeconomic embrace. There’s Dany Suaya, crazy/creative sous chef at the one-and-only Manolo Caracol in Casco Viejo, sitting in front of the restaurant with a glass of wine, waiting for the dinner guests to arrive in the waning daylight. Anyone can stroll into this neighborhood for the very first time and receive his welcome. According to one expat, Casco Viejo tends to attract all manner of “artists and romantics and dreamers and round pegs in square holes,” which is why “Casco Viejo single-handedly revolutionizes Panama on a daily basis.” Its perpetual self-reinvention gives Casco Viejo an animating breath of youth to contrast the ancient-looking buildings.
The facades speak to an earlier time, providing an “Old World” feel where you least expected to find it in a tropical Central American destination such as Panama. At the presidential palace, the Palacio de las Garzas, you’ll discover that the grandeur of this and other structures is just a front — an easygoing vibe prevails in Casco Viejo, despite the impression of courtly fuss you might get from the imported 17th-century Spanish architectural styles. Just ask at the gate for the opportunity to snap some photos in the palace lobby. While technically not allowed… this depends on the guard. 🙂
Intrigued? You should be. View the slideshow to glimpse the historic district of Casco Viejo in Panama City from behind the lens of our favorite travel photographer, Adam Elliott:
To view more images and read blog posts by Adam, check out Atom’s Picture Blog. All images © Elliott Photography 2012.