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Maine artist Nancy Jacob walked the cobblestone street when she fell down among crowds of vendors and shoppers.


For me these images are a metaphor for her sufferings in Guatemala after Semana Santa, the holy week and celebratory preparations–during which she took photos.  Ignorant of the language, she had to rely on the goodness of strangers, ineptitude of institutions and bureaucracy and a lack of drive to get her back to the states after her broken hip was repaired without skill. Her hip was badly replaced and she could scarcely walk, was in pain for months until insurance promised a further hip replacement in Maine.

Holy Week images were made by Nancy Jacob while in Guatemala, and used here with permission. The celebration of holy week is a consuming enterprise throughout the country. Everyone takes part, and processions are filled with folks, real and constructed. Here you see the latter.


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.

We have no idea who started the page on Nancy at Wikipedia! One of my books, put out by Wipf & Stock and referencing Nancy’s work, is mentioned as a source.

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