Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Why Be Shy?

I've been visiting Guatemala two times a year....for almost as long as I can remember.  I've been traveling there since 1989!  Having said that, I'm still rather shy about taking photos of the artisans that create our fantastic jewelry.  Over the years, I've managed to snag several wonderful shots. I always ask the women if I can take their photos working. It is never without trepidations. I was explaining my apprehension to Alicia, one of the workshop managers.  What transpired next completely tickled me.  Alicia grabbed a bunch of finished Dunitz jewelry.  She plopped a piece here and there with several of our beaders.  She explained that we were going to 'stage' working photos. Everyone was giggling and found this hilarious.  From there, many of the women posed for group shots.  I've never seen everyone laugh so much. If only for a short moment, that sure created a lot of group love! -ND