Door Knockers in Antigua
26.01.2013 - 26.01.2013 69 °F
It's easy walking around Guatemala and seeing all the old architecture and think, "Wow where do I begin photographing this?" Frankly, it's all been photographed, hundreds and hundreds of times by thousands of tourists. From the volcanoes to the churches. A few years ago I saw a poster of the the "Doors of Antigua" which was quite lovely. So I decided on looking for the little things that many people overlook. I loved the idea of the doors, in fact I did that in Xela when I lived there for a month, But I decided to delve a little deeper and spend a day photographing door knockers that caught my fancy.
You could imagine the look I got from people as I approached a door and pulled out my camera and clicked a quick picture of the door knocker. I'm sure many thought, "what kind of a nut is this?" Two little children were so taken they followed me for a couple of blocks and asked me why I was taking pictures of doors and I explained I liked the door knockers and then they just started laughing and went home. I think as foreigners we get that a lot. Sometimes there is a general mistrust of foreigners, we are necessary for their economy, but we are a pain. We come here with our dollars and attempt to bargain down little old ladies who are already at rock bottom prices. I say "we", but I actually haven't bought anything yet other than a meal out and some chocolate for a friend who was feeling a little down. I know I will buy some things before I go, but I can't but help to think about how long it takes to make these textiles and I feel guilty about bargaining down too much. But I digress... I was talking about door knockers. Below are the fruits of my labor.