Tuesday, April 11, 2006

kool-aid acid dreams


Originally uploaded by suttonhoo.
Was just approached by a publisher about using one of my Quirigua images for a book on the Global History of Architecture -- made my day.

I suspect it's not that easy to find images of the Quirigua site in Guatemala (mine are certainly not my best), possibly because of the difficulty of shooting these buggers -- the stone stelaes were so roughly textured that the imagery appears highly pixelated even though it's not. And did I mention the glare? If I remember right, it was around 102° the day we visited. Whole lotta heat and light.

Here's a shot from that trip last year around this time, with my original notes:
Full-figure Mayan glyph. If Copan is the Mayan Paris then Quirigua is its Haight-Ashbury, circa Summer of Love -- a kaleidoscope of kool-aid acid dreams etched in stone. Outrageous artistry.

5 comments:

opiliones said...

very cool - congrats!

patrick said...

Congratulations! Looks like a fascinating place (at least from the relatively cool, dark and arid vantagepoint of my hotel room)...

That's one of the things I love about Flickr is how it's democratizing the visual representation of the world. If I want to know what the streets of Kingala, Congo look like for instance, I only have to go as far as a tag search on Flickr....and I won't get the sanitized version either (unless that's what I want). More often than not Flickr gives a better visual representation of a place than any guidebook or coffeetable book.

patrick said...

or even Kinshasa (since there are not pics tagged with Kingala....so much for that theory) :p

litwit said...

Congratulations, rock star!

suttonhoo said...

thanks, guys!

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