Foundry 2014 Opens in Candle-Lit Ruins of Santo Domingo Monastery

Instructors and staff listen as administrator Jen Storey addresses students at opening of 2014 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop.

La Antigua, Guatemala – “The world is not made of atoms – it’s made of stories,” said Foundry instructor and Mexico-based photographer Adriana Zehbrauskas in her co-opening address (with James Whitlow Delano) to the students of the 2014 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop.

The registration and subsequent event took place Sunday evening on a candle-lit plaza and convention center that is incorporated into the ruins of the former Santo Domingo monastery, here in historic La Antigua, a former capital of Guatemala.

Students from all of the Americas, Europe and Asia completed their registrations, then mixed and mingled with each other at a reception. Students and teachers spoke to each other, some in halting English and Spanish, as friends were made and photography bonds established.   Former students returning for another boost to their skills, caught up with each other’s personal news.

A poll was taken by Kirsten Luce, instructor and education coordinator, on whether the language of the evening activities would be English or Spanish, and the result was both – English with Spanish translation. Some instructors elected to speak in Spanish, with English translations following.

The evening ended with instructors meeting with students for the first time and discussing the week to come.