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Aldous Huxley famously said of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, "It really is too much of a good thing. "With three volcanoes rising from its ultra-clear waters and twelve distinct Mayan towns resting on its banks, Lake Atitlan is claimed by some to be one of three energy vortexes on the planet and is said by many to be the most beautiful lake in the world.
These photographs by Eric Mencher look to capture that beauty and energy, expressed and embodied by both the extraordinary landscapes and the unique people of the Lake Atitlan area.
As a photojournalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer until 2009, I traveled the world, the country and the region photographing everything from wars to World Series. Now I work on personal photographic projects, many with my wife, Kass Mencher. For over two decades we've worked on a series titled "Duets", which juxtaposes our pictures of the same place, person, event or landscape. We recently finished a long-term project on the Lincoln Highway, the first cross-country road in the United States. We've also been living part of the year in Guatemala and Mexico, photographing and enjoying the wonderful and warm cultures of those two unique countries.