Petal, San Salvador

Petal, San Salvador, El Salvador – September 2006

As I remember it, I took this photo not long after I arrived in El Salvador.

In the “wet” season, it rains every afternoon – usually at about 4pm. Usually, being the operative word, because sometimes – like when you have work to do or places to go – it comes down early. The rain clouds seem to roll down from above San Salvador (a big volcano as well as the capitol of the country) and then you can see everyone speed up what they are doing so that they can be indoors when the rain falls: workmen pack their tools, livestock get undercover and old women move with remarkable pace, all glancing over their shoulders at the volcano as they go.

I have lost count the number of times I got soaked, sometimes I ended up buying a new shirt when I got to destination, but everytime, I got wet to the point where water would stream off me when I got undercover.

But, soon after the “dry” season begins in November, you find yourself missing the rain. The lush, green landscape slowly goes yellow and everything gets a layer of dust on it. Until March, when it starts all over again!

I took this with my Minolta X1, which was hopeless for anything that moved, but here, that wasn’t a problem!

Feet in the Water, El Salvador

Feet, Lake Ilopango, El Salvador 2007

Not a big picture, but I still like it.

Lake Ilopango is a formed in the mouth of a dormant volcano. I went scuba diving there once, but on this occasion, it was a cruise amongst the water hyacinths. As you can see a friend dipped her feet in water making a little plume as we went along. I didn’t take a camera, instead using a Nokia feature phone – less than 1 megapixel- but like I said – I like it.

Shakira, San Salvador

Shakira, San Salvador 2006
Shakira, San Salvador 2006

In a rash moment, I splashed out for VIP tickets to see Shakira and as a consequence, I was not that far from the stage. VIP feels like the wrong word. She was very popular at the time – i think “Hips Don’t Lie” had just come out.

But, it did mean that I could see what was going on without looking at a screen. It also meant that I could take ok pictures with my compact camera (a Fujifilm F30).

It was a nice concert. My impression was Shakira was very professional and everything went without a hitch.

Walking on the Beach, El Salvador

LaLibertad, El Salvador 2007

It occurs to me that of my favourite photographs, nearly all the landscapes are seascapes. I wonder why that is?

Once upon a time, I used to live in El Salvador. I went to live in the country, knowing almost nothing about it, save that they had a very violent civil war a decade or so before.

When I lived there, at weekends, I would sometimes go to the beach (many middle-class Salvadorians keep a simple beach house) at the weekend. Which was the first time, I saw the Pacific Ocean.

First Time in the Pacific, 2007