Colorful Granada! [PHOTO ESSAY]

Granada Nicaragua Colorful Buildings
Frank Heads to the Dentist for a Root Canal
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada is a very colorful city in the heart of Nicaragua. Here are some entertaining photos of the people that call its streets home.

This is what happens when I stay in one place too long. I’m forced to amuse myself by standing on street corners waiting for local citizens to walk by wearing clothes that complement the colorful buildings behind them.

Spending countless hours just watching daily life unfold in front of you can be a fascinating & enriching experience. It turns out that this little city happens to be a great place for this particular activity!

Who are these people? Where are they going? What will they do when they get there?

I decided it would be fun to make up some ridiculous answers to my own questions.

Granada Nicaragua Colorful Buildings
Paris Flirts with the Paparazzi while Walking to the Club
Granada Nicaragua Colorful Buildings
Bertha Runs to Confess her Sins at Church
Granada Nicaragua Colorful Buildings
Wanda & Phyllis are Late for Tea and Cookies
[captionwidth=”900″]Granada Nicaragua Colorful Buildings Jeffery is Off to Join the Military[/caption]
Granada Nicaragua Colorful Buildings
Max Doesn’t Want to Miss American Idol
Granada Nicaragua Colorful Buildings
Ernie Desperately Needs a Bathroom

Which of the above shots is your favorite & why? Let me know in the comments!

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Comments (41)

  1. This is such a beautiful post! I’ve always wanted to capture such diverse colors when traveling. If one day I manage to do that, you’re without no doubt the one who inspires me.

  2. Right across from the green building is the office for La Esperanza, the organization that I was volunteering with. And right beside the office is one of the houses they provide for volunteers. Dirty light blue! Too dirty to make it into one of your photos :)

  3. So cool….the top photo with the green building is one I know very well. I woke up to it every day, as it was right across from my front door :)

  4. Hey, these are great. I am a bit worried about Bertha, though. She doesn’t look the type to have something to confess. Paris, on the other hand….

  5. Awesome and colorful! But as a confirmed colorblind, I imagine it should hard for me when asking street direction, like: turn left at the red house, then right at the yellow one…

    Have a nice day, Mat!

  6. After careful analysis I’ll explain the photos. Photo #1 for example, has that man headed to the pearly gates in the middle of the picture. Photo #2 has the woman smiling going by Hell after getting those new shoes. In Photo #3, the executioner guy is saying “your going the wrong way on a one way street, SISTER.” In Photo #4 those ladies are practicing the olds soft shoe for the Lawerence Welk show. You see, it’s all a matter of perspective.

  7. Matt,
    Outstanding photographs! Alive! You are an excellent writer too. This should be a TV show.
    Thank you for sharing. Be well.

    Chris Quimby

  8. “This is what happens when I stay in one place too long. I’m forced to amuse myself by standing on street corners waiting for local citizens to walk by wearing clothes that complement the colorful buildings behind them.” — Ha ha! I’m so glad that you did this. Absolutely stunning shots.

    • Thx Jill! I loved taking them. I had to pretend to be looking at my camera LCD, then pull up quick to take the shot and surprise them. Otherwise people would see the camera aimed and walk out into the road to stay out of my shot. Little did they know that it was THEM I wanted to shoot! :)

  9. OK so the green one made me click on the link and, SERIOUSLY, these pics are awesome! I think I like Jeffrey and Ernie best :)

  10. Heck, at least you have the patience to do this! These colors are amazing. Just goes to show what beauty you can capture when you slow down and look around you when you travel. Now if only I could learn from that lesson.

  11. I’m happy Jamie retweeted this post because this is an excellent photo series. I completely agree with you on how sitting and waiting can be an enriching experience and a great way to produce art :)

  12. OMG I LOVE THIS. Seriously one of my fav post of yours. I am a huge fan of bright colors and homes like this. You did a good job of capturing the colors of Granada.

  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE man, esp the made-up titles. I do the same thing every once in a while when I feel like I can’t find anything to shoot. I grab a corner and wait for about 1/2 a pack of ciggs and see what goes on. Strangely if you do it more then a few times at the same spot at around the same time, you can almost tell what is going on in peoples lives, as you’ll see the same people sometimes.