Panama, Visiting Home

Ever since I left my native country of Panama when I was 18 years old, I’ve always tried to visit at least once a year. Sometimes my travel schedule has gotten to be so crazy that I’ve had to skip a visit here and there. The result of those missing visits becomes painfully obvious to me when I find myself having a hard time recognizing the ever- evolving landscape of modern Panama. This usually happens when driving around with friends or relatives, I happen not to pay attention for a minute or two to and by the time I look around again I find myself a stranger in my own land.

Anyway, I’m heading back home this week to embark on a photographic project of my own design and for some R&R. I can’t quite give out the details now. But suffice it to say, it involves beautiful people, exotic locations and lights. More information to come in an upcoming blog post and of course it’ll be accompanied by the resulting photos.

During this visit, I’ll also be giving a million eyez sponsored slide show presentation on Street Photography to Club Fotografico de Panama. So in honor of this presentation I wanted to share a couple of my images of Panama. The last one is so we don’t forget that Panama’s appeal is not only its modern skyline but also its nature and people. Ciao, ciao.


Panama’s skyline and part of the Biodiversity Museum as seen from the 26-story Playa Bonita Residences, a high-end rental and condominium development along the shores of the Panama Canal.
Children in the San Felipe neighborhood of Panama City a.k.a Casco Viejo play with a soccer ball after an afternoon rainstorm.
Contractors work on an airport communication towers atop of of Cerro Ancon, a.k.a. Ancon Hill, in the outskirts of Panama City, Panama, in the former Panama Canal Zone area.

Panama, Panama 091412 Work on the Third Set of Locks during the Panama Canal Expansion. This is a sight now committed to history since the new set of locks are now under water and in full operations.

A real estate agents checks out the progress of an apartment building in the Marbella neighborhood of Panama City, Panama.
A woman and her grandchild ride a horse while on their way back home in the highlands of the province of Bocas del Toro while surrounded by the lush green tropical vegetation typical of the area.
Panama, Panama 01-23- 2015 A view of the Panama Canal’s Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks and the Puente Centenario from Cerro Ancon. At the time this photo was made, the Panama Canal had only three sets of locks now there is a fourth set much larger than these ones.

My name is Essdras M. Suarez.

The world without photography will be meaningless to us if there is no light and color, which opens up our minds and expresses passion.

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