Behind Shoot 'n' Roll
There's nothing better than finding out what we want to do in life. They say that whenever we get to this point, we're half of the way. It's only about figuring out how to do it.
Hi, my name is Rodrigo Garcia. I was born and I live in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I currently have 25 years old. The story behind landscape and architecture photography started when I was 10 years old. I remember it was on an expedition to the Ipala Volcano, located in the department of Chiquimula, organized by my school.
I had never gone on camping before. I stayed on a friend's tent with another 3 people. The sleeping bag I was using was borrowed by an uncle and unfortunately it didn't have a cover, so I had to climb with the sleeping bag on my hands. The camera I had was an old film disposable Kodak.
It rained. The tent wasn't waterproof so the water filtered inside. I literally slept on a puddle. I was cold, hungry and wet. It was the perfect situation for someone to hate camping.
By the age of 18th I didn't know much about Guatemala's touristic places
It was very rare in my family to go out of the city. It was pretty much a rutinary road trip to Antigua Guatemala around the Holly Week (March). By the age of 18 I didn't know much about Guatemala's touristic places.
My real adventure starts with a mountain bike I purchased to go around the city. One day I saw a Facebook event related to a mountain biking (MTB) competition in Tecpan, Chimaltenango. It was my very first event of this type. I fell in love, maybe because of the adrenaline or maybe because of the sense of freedom, the smell of wet soil, the crops, or maybe because of the views I had the opportunity to see.
After a year and a half of doing MTB I started to climb volcanoes again. Guatemala has 37 official peaks, which I have climbed around 9 of the tallest. When I started again I climbed the Acatenango volcano. This one is abount 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) above the sea level.
I was dead when I came back
I was dead when I came back. I was wearing inappropiate shoes. These were very slippery and made me fall several times, specially during the descent. I wasn't prepared for the cold at the top of the mountain and felt that my hands were freezing. I remember saying to myself that I wouldn't do this again, however I felt so proud when I got back to my house that in about two weeks I enrolled to the tallest volcano in Guatemala: the Tajumulco.
This photography blog is for the people who prefer adrenaline over comfort and likes to explore new places. I personally will be riding a motorcycle on most of my trips so I'll be putting the route I take to get to the place. It will be very informative for a tourist riding a car, motorcycle or traveling on a tour as well.
I'm pleased that you, the person on the other side of the screen is taking the time to know me a little bit better. I'm available on my social media on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.