Juigalpa, the capital of Nicaragua’s Chontales province, is a relatively large city in the country’s heartland. "Juigalpa" means “Land of the Black Snails” in the language of the original Chontales people and is home to around 70,000 inhabitants.
With an economy driven by cattle ranching and agriculture, Chontales’ cities and villages are time capsules under siege by a hesitant modernity. Everyday life is peppered with day laborers, street vendors, traces of material poverty, an emerging middle class, and the persistent political campaigning by the Sandinista ruling party.
This photo essay illustrates the contrast between intense political campaigning—one-sided toward the Sandinista ruling party—and the background quotidian flow of work life in the small towns of Nicaragua.
Julita’s Convenience Store in Juigalpa
A Sandinista mural dedicated to Nicaraguan women
A fisherman in Puerto Diaz, Juigalpa, Nicaragua
"I see you": Pre-dawn Sandinista rally in Juigalpa, Nicaragua
"The duel": Palo Solo neighborhood
"We are here to stay": A pre-dawn Sandinista rally.
An early morning laborer in the Palo Solo neighborhood
A caravan at the Sandinista Revolution anniversary celebration
"Into town": Palo Solo neighborhood
"The Comandante will prevail": Sandinista Revolution anniversary celebration
Main Street in Villa Sandino
"The gaze": Sandinista revolution anniversary celebration
A resting moment in Puerto Diaz
Rally musicians at the Sandinista Revolution anniversary celebration
Greetings on the road to Puerto Diaz