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Robert Watcher
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Visual Artist and Storyteller with a Camera
Visual Artist and Storyteller with a Camera

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Street Walk at Dusk

All shot as is (black and white with borders) with Olympus E-PL5 w/14-42 kit lens
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2015-09-07
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Local Pastry Shop at Night - Parque Guadalupe, Leon Nicaragua
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Trying to tie everything together.

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Generosity of the Poor = = = walking in a rural area along the coast.

Through the small window behind a barbed wire fence, I noticed this lady making fresh tortillas. I asked in Spanish, if I could take photos of her working. Shyly, she agreed.

While shooting - I asked her name and then the name of the man beside and asked about her family. When I had my shot, I showed her the photo on the back of the camera screen.

Immediately she turns to the man and requests a tortilla and hands it to me. As I typically would do, I reached in my pocket and pulled out money to pay her. She refused. I insisted and she reluctantly accepted.

Walking back to my wife, I ripped off a piece of the steaming hot tortilla and handed it to her. So delicious. The woman must have noticed this, and as we were walking away she came running across the property with another tortilla for Anne. We thanked her again and headed off.
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Playa Roca, Las Penitas, Nicaragua. The waves were fun and strong this past Monday - great for rolling around in - awesome for surfing - - - but the water levels and waves are playing havoc with the Playa Roca beach front area. This was one particularly intense hit that sent a bunch of people scurrying from the edge.
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THE CAMBISTA'S APPRENTICE

Cambistas - or money exchangers - are commonplace in Nicaragua. Generally it is the simplest and preferred way to convert your native currency to local cordobas.

Passing by several yesterday, I noticed this young fellow sitting in the chair normally occupied by a man bellowing out "Dolares Dolares".  He was flipping through the stack of cash that his mother had handed him. Schooling was full on as she showed him how to do the folds and stacks. He even had his own calculator for entering numbers necessary to figure out conversion.

In 4 years touring the streets here, I have never seen this - so had to take a photograph of it.

Being that I had passed by and had to go back to take the shot - I was now noticed by the participants and so the scene ended up a little more staged than what I had witnessed. But the family were in full agreement to my taking the shot, and the little fellow fist pumped me after I showed his picture on my camera screen.
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Well Nicaragua is good motivation for photos as well as other interests.

It turns out that I had a tough week last week - first when in Bluefields on the Caribbean Coast, I moved the fan into the living room and tripped over the power cord landing heavily on some rough ceramic tile. This broke my big toe, strained my foot and skinned my elbows and knees. Same week - just after returning to Leon, I reached out to shake a friends hand and got stung by a 5" long scorpion that was hidden in the dark colour of my shirt. My hand obviously brushed by him and I felt the immediate sting.

Well when I let friends know - my singing buddy Rick said it was time to write a song about Scorpions. I didn't like the idea at all and thought it was stupid. I happen to be highly motivated with music right now though, after purchasing a guitar at a shop here in Leon yesterday.

TOO MUCH MOTIVATION I GUESS. So I am trying to have my afternoon sleep and words and phrases and rhyme start circling in my head. Within half an hour the song was written and I was taping it so I wouldn't forget. I uploaded the video recording to Youtube. The song is called "Thick Toes and Scorpions":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03Rkht_QCpk

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BlueFields - Caribbean Flare

The east coast of Nicaragua is a different culture than the rest of the country. It has a heavy Caribbean influence - much like we found in Costa Rica. While Spanish is spoken there, English, Creole, and native language called Miskito are more common.

All photos taken with an Olympus E-PL5 w/14-42 kit lens
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2015-08-22
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