I took the first image for this blog in April 2016. At that time, I was still searching for a picture language that I would deem interesting enough to dedicate the next years of my life to. Up to this day, this image of Lago de Atitlan and Rio Panajachel is still one of my favourites because it includes all the components of the motif that I had decided on: a dramatic volcano background, an unusual lighting situation and a for the western eye, unusual everyday life scene.
I spoke to one of the guys working here and he told me that the riverbed is divided into claims. After a purchase an excavator comes and digs up a huge pile of gravel. Afterwards the rocks are separated and thereafter the medium grain from the fine sand. All the deposits are of volcanic origin and are sold for construction.
The work is hard! I have been there many times watching them, seven days a week, shovelling the gravel through a variety of screens while waiting for this moment.
Writing this text, I realise how lucky I am that I am able to pursue my dream, while the world is full of people who struggle to make a living. They have my utmost respect and I hope I can draw a little attention to them with my project.