Holy Week images were made by Maine artist Nancy Jacob while in Guatemala, and used here with permission. The celebration of Semana Santa in Guatemala is a consuming enterprise throughout the country. Everyone takes part, and processions are filled with folks, real and constructed. Here you see the latter.
Nancy Jacob was on the cobblestone street when she fell amid crowds of shoppers and vendors. For me her holy week images are a metaphor for her sufferings in Guatemala after the special week and celebratory preparations when she was taking photos. Ignorant of their language, Nancy fell and broke her hip in this strange land. She had to rely on the goodness of strangers, ineptitude of institutions and bureaucracy and a lack of push to get her back to the states.
See a Slideshow of some of Nancy’s Maine art.
See last year’s set of Nancy Jacob’s Easter images. The series tells a photographic story of people readying for and celebrating Holy Week. Begin at the bottom of tags displayed to see the celebration in order.