I’m going to make a generalization without fear of being wrong: We all like to sit and look at old photos. Images from the past awaken in us the feeling of a sweet nostalgia.
That’s why taking a look through the photos of the year during the last weeks of December with a bean tamale is one of my favorite activities. Not just the photos of my pet and family that I have stored on my cell phone, but also the images that gave a stronger impact to the stories that we shared with you throughout 2021.
Narrowing it down to a small selection is a huge challenge from the get go. It gets even more complicated when there are so many professional and amateur photographers who share their photos of Guanacaste with us. A gesture that, by the way, the editorial staff is infinitely grateful for.
Having eyes paying attention throughout the province during times of restrictions and isolation allowed us to expand our reach and also the diversity of views and sensibilities with which we see the province.
Without losing any more time, I’d like to share with you a dozen photos that paraded through The Voice during 2021.
We kick off the parade of guest photographers of the year with Jose Pablo Porras, who, with his Imágenes Humanas (Human Images) project, depicted the assembly of the El Ceiba sailboat, in Punta Morales, with photos and text. (You can read the full article here).
Back to classrooms
We went to the first day of classes at the school in Santa Rosa of Tamarindo. Boys and girls started the day with greetings from a distance and hand sanitizer. After almost a year closed, Guanacaste’s schools reopened on February 8.
Returning to the beach
The San Blas Nursing Home shared photos with us of their first recreational activity outside of the facilities in a long time. A more than necessary getaway to “breathe fresh air again,” as they put it.
This police post is located 7 kilometers from downtown La Cruz, down an unpaved road on the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The mayor of the canton, Alonso Alan, believes that if an immigration post were set up here, it would also strengthen the economy of the canton’s center. This article tells you about both countries’ plan to promote the border towns as a tourist attraction.
To live with pride
In commemoration of International LGBTIQ+ Pride Day, we photographed Mich and partner. Both are part of Amor a la Diversidad de Tila (Love of Diversity of Tilaran), a group of sexually diverse people and their relatives who provide support to the diverse population of Guanacaste.
Rincón de la Vieja erupting
The volcanic activity that we saw at the end of June at Rincón de la Vieja gave us amazing images and gave us a good reason to know about the risks being taken by those who illegally climb volcanic cones.
The Voice photographed and interviewed five women to find out what it means to be a pandemic mother and what motivates them to keep going in the midst of the crisis.
Photographer Cristina Diaz is a big contributor to The Voice and where she focuses her eye, we pay attention. She shared with us her portraits of this artist from Liberia who doesn’t need more than a quijongo instrument and his body to portray a review of our history.
Murals of Bagaces
Budget cuts for the forest
Photographer Mari Arango documented what a day’s work is like for the park rangers of the Camaronal Wildlife Refuge. Last year, the Legislative Assembly approved reducing the budget of conservation areas by more than a third as part of an aggressive cut in several ministries.
Authentic women surfers
Photographer Gabriela Tellez from the Colectivo Nómada (Nomad Collective) portrayed 26 female surfers of different ages, nationalities and life experiences who will be featured in an immersive photobook. She and Serbian producer Ivana Bajic came up with the idea for the Nature of Surf Women project to reflect the relationship between women, surfing and nature in Nosara.
The last photo gallery of this year is dedicated to the series of portraits done by brothers Sergio and Giancarlo Pucci. The Costa Ricans photobook includes images of 50 Costa Ricans of different occupations, ages, genders, and areas of the country, eight of whose stories take place in Guanacaste.