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Snapshot of an Indian deity exhibited outside a commercial entity in Panama City, Panama. I think she is the Hindu Goddess Kali associated with empowerment. Kali is also considered as the Goddess of Time and Change. Comparatively recent devotional movements largely conceive Kāli as a benevolent mother goddess. Kālī is represented as the consort of Lord Shiva, on whose body she is often seen standing.  Shiva lies in the path of Kali, whose foot on Shiva subdues her anger. Foto by Omar Upegui R.

Indian Table


During a recent photography soujourn into the commercial territory of El Dorado, I visited an Indian store full of exotic products from this Asian country. Panama, because of its historical reliance on commerce, is above all a melting pot.  This is shown, for instance, by its considerable population of Afro-Antillean and Chinese origin.  There are also communities of Spanish, Italian, Greek, Indian,  Jews, Hindus and Muslims. Smaller religious groups include Jewish and Muslim communities with approximately 10,000 members each, and small groups of Hindus, Arabs, Buddhists and Rastafarians.

The Indian population is Panama is a prosperous and respected ethnic group.  Many of them are businessmen.  They own stores which sell imported Indian merchandise, engage in the sale of used cars and peddle other small-priced goods such as clothes, watches and perfume.  They are known for their hard work.

Below is a picture of an Indian table exhibiting several products from India.  The picture was taken from the parking lot through a glass window.  That explains the visible reflection of automobiles on the glass.  I wish I could travel to this fascinating country.  It has so much to offer to a curious traveler.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Colors


During a visit to the Social Security’s Office at El Dorado, I happened to pass by a clothing store displaying colorful merchandise at the entrance of the building.  The bright colors caught my attention.  Fortunately I had my P&S camera with me, and was able to capture the scene.  Take a look at a typical clothing store in Panama and some of its customers.  Here we go.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Snapshot of a curious customer taking a close look at the merchandise of a clothing store in Panama City, Panama. Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Another customer comes by to take a look at the bright-colored clothes of the store. Notice the affordable price of the merchandise. Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Of all the categories of photography characteristics such as shapes, patterns, tones, textures, etc., color is one my favorites.  Our country is surrounded by beautiful and vibrating colors, typical of a tropical geographic region.  Good Day.

Prayers


Snapshot of a beautiful transparent purple bag with a pearl-like rosary inside. It belongs to my wife. She uses it for her daily prayers. We practice the Roman Catholic religion. Photo by Omar Upegui R.

The government of Panama does not collect statistics on the religious affiliation of citizens, but various sources estimate that 75 to 85 percent of the population identifies itself as Roman Catholic and 15–25 percent as evangelical Christian.

Using a rosary is normal practice for Roman Catholics devotees.  A rosary is a string of beads for keeping count while praying. In the Roman Catholic Church it is a form of devotion in which five (or fifteen) decades of Hail Marys are repeated, each decade preceded by an Our Father and followed by a Glory B. Good Day.

Together


Snapshot of the chairs we sit on to watch TV during the early hours of the evening. Usually the evening news in channel Two-TVN. Photo by @Omar Upegui R.

Aura and I decided to tie the knot a bit more than 34 years ago.  A lot of water has flowed under the bridge.  We have experienced the rolleroaster ride of life with all its ups and downs.  We have vacationed to the United States and Colombia enjoying life and bit the dust when I was unemployed for over ten years and had to sell Amway soap to put food on the table.

Our ship had endured stormy weather and the sunny days of life, but we are still together until “death do us part”.  Some pessimists say that the institution of marriage is dead, but for us it’s very much alive and wagging its tail.  One plus one makes two and two is the equivalent of a couple.  That is who we are and will be: two persons sharing life…together.  Good Day.

Bus Stop In The Dark


Snapshot of a dark and lonely bus stop near Residencial El Bosque where we live in Panama City, Panama. The lights that you see behind the seats is reflected light from the glass walls of the structure. I was amazed at how well my P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS was able to capture the low-light scene without a tripod. Photo by @Omar Upegui R.

Photo by @Omar Upegui R.

An Unlikely Weapon


Edward Thomas Adams (1933-2004). Credit: http://www.eddieadamsworkshop.com

“The most powerful weapon in the world has been and can be a photograph.  Military weapons can only destroy.  Cameras in the hands of photographers with hearts can capture love, hopes, passion, change lives and make the world a better place…and it takes 1/500 of a second.  Life goes on—we photograph it. But it’s much better with love.”Eddie Adams

Eddie Adams was an American photographer and photojournalist noted for portraits of celebrities and politicians and for coverage of 13 wars. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969.

Adams served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War as a combat photographer. One of his assignments was to photograph the entire Demilitarized Zone from end to end immediately following the war. This took him over a month to complete.

It was while covering the Vietnam War for the Associated Press that he took his best-known photograph—the picture of police chief General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing a Vietcong prisoner, Nguyễn Văn Lém, on a Saigon street, on February 1, 1968, during the opening stages of the Tet Offensive.

On Nguyen Ngoc Loan and his famous photograph, Adams wrote in Time in 1998:

“Two people died in that photograph: the recipient of the bullet and General Nguyen Ngoc Loan. The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera.

Still photographs are the most powerful weapons in the world. People believe them; but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. … What the photograph didn’t say was, ‘What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American people?’…. This picture really messed up his life. He never blamed me. He told me if I hadn’t taken the picture, someone else would have, but I’ve felt bad for him and his family for a long time. … I sent flowers when I heard that he had died and wrote, “I’m sorry. There are tears in my eyes.”

Source:  An Unlikely Weapon:  The Eddie Adams Story directed by Susan Morgan Cooper and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland

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