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LOCAL LENS

BY BRANDON L. WEST

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CHICHICASTENANGO, GUATEMALA

Please submit your favorite, recent

photograph to be considered for Local

Lens. Images must be high resolution (at

least 300 dpi at 8 x 10”) and must not be

in print elsewhere. Please submit a short

description of the scene/event, as well as

your name, brief biodata and the type of

camera used, to

locallens@afsa.org.

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he steps to the church of Santo Tomás in Chichi-

castenango, located in the western highlands of

Guatemala, are a focal point of the weekly Sunday

market where local women sell flowers and incense.

Originally built on top of a Mayan altar in 1540, the church

reflects the syncretism that has occurred between Mayan and

Catholic worship.

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Brandon West and his family are currently serving on their first

tour in Guatemala City. His wife, Christina, joined the Foreign

Service in the spring of 2013 and has an onward assignment to

Guadalajara. Brandon works remotely from their home for a U.S.-

based software company and enjoys documenting their Foreign

Service experiences at diplodad.com. This photo was taken with a

Canon 6D and EF 17-40mm lens.