The Maya Yucatan
Documenting The End of Time
by Photos by David Bjorkman • Text by Victoria Thomas
Basing themselves in Merida, international photojournalist David Alexander Bjorkman and writer Victoria Thomas spent 12 years traveling throughout Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula photographing the Maya, their towns, villages, and their pyramids—now being reconstructed at a pace not seen in over a thousand years.
Beyond the beach resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the spirit of the ancient Maya still lives in the design of rural homes that have little changed in 2,000 years, in the power of the soaring pyramids, in the strength of Maya descendants. "The Maya Yucatan" captures the intersection of this living history with the people of the 21st century.
The ancient Maya viewed the universe as being driven by interconnecting cycles that power the days and years, ages and eons, with the spiral of time now bringing people from around the world back to the ancient ceremonial centers. In fact, the Maya elders predicted the resurrection of their pyramids near the end of this current age, which began on August 13, 3114 BCE, and will end on December 21, 2012.
Now, with the K'uk'ulkan Pyramid of Chichen Itza being recognized worldwide as one of the Seven Wonders of the New World, the vision of the ancient Maya has come forward into another new millenium. "The Maya Yucatan" documents the power and dignity of those who stand at the crossroads of the ancient and modern worlds.
David Alexander Bjorkman and Victoria Thomas are documenting The End of Time.
You can watch a YouTube slideshow from "The Maya Yucatan" at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHrNccIMJAc
David Bjorkman has worked as a photojournalist and war photographer, magazine art director and book publisher. His photos have been published in more than 20 countries. As a photographer, he has been smuggled across borders at night and survived a chopper being shot out from under him. He has slept on the floor of a Lakota Sioux holy man's house for months while completing a book project. He has been a member of the Explorer's Club and photographed, while on an Explorer's Club expedition into the Darien jungle of Panama, the Choco Indian chief who taught jungle survival to the original U.S. Apollo astronauts. An avid Mayanist who has published six books on the topic, he has led tours to the Maya Yucatan region of Mexico, and scoured jungles for hidden pyramids. He holds an MFA degree from the University of Colorado, and has been a fine arts instructor and an artist whose work is held in private collections in the U.S and Europe, and has been exhibited in both galleries and museums.
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