This week’s WordPress photo challenge is the evasive, ever so hard to capture, movement. I don’t have many photos of movement that didn’t end up in the trash can. Quite frankly, I’m terrible at photographing movement. However, the subject of this challenge brought me back to my recent trek to the Santa Maria Volcano in Xela, Guatemala.
As my guide and I were descending the volcano, we encountered a group of twenty or so Mayans trekking down the slippery, steep sides of the volcano in force. We had seen them on top of the volcano, chanting and praying to their Gods. As soon as the neighboring volcano erupted, they gathered their belongings and made the two hour descent down. They were dressed in their gorgeous brilliant textiles for which the Mayans are known for, carrying babies on their backs and chattering quietly. What struck me most of all was the footwear that the young girls and women wore. Nothing but a pair of cheap, backless plastic heeled sandals. All the men wore proper footwear and I could hardly make it down in my hiking boots. The image saddened me of the abandoned sandal laying at the foot of the volcano.
Here are my shots of their movement down the volcano. I tried desperately to keep up with them and capture them on film. But they were fast and fearless.
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