"I'm greatly inspired by Guatemala's doors with their textures, colors and history, which are unique in the world."
"I'm Alan Benchoam from Guatemala. I have a passion for photography and use my photos to create 3D art. Ever since I was a young boy, I liked working in arts and crafts.
"A few years ago, I saw a composition in 3D. It intrigued me and I experimented until I got the desired result. I got into this work trying to create a new kind of photography that uses manual techniques and learned by trial and error. Despite the misadventures and challenges that have come my way, I've managed to achieve my goal.
"In 2005, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and I started to lose my sight but, I managed to recover completely. In 2014, the disease affected my legs and I’m recovering again without medicine — the doctors can’t explain it! This has been a difficult experience for me but, with my work, I've had the opportunity to recover and enjoy each moment. Once, while traveling, I was in a cafeteria and I was mistaken for a tennis player. I went along with it. People took photos with me and I even signed some autographs. That's what life is all about — enjoying and appreciating these moments.
"I'm greatly inspired by Guatemala's doors with their textures, colors and history. They're unique in the world. It’'s exciting to do something new in 3D photography that's never been seen in Guatemala. I also love how the photos help to teach poor children in my neighborhood. With each sale, I donate a portion to cover school supplies.
"I plan to continue my door project and also supporting the La Limonada foundation. I dream of having a workshop one day, There I could employ young people from my neighborhood to create new photos and books featuring Guatemala. This project is very important for me because I love it. It hasn't always been easy, but sharing the benefits I've achieved with children's education has made me see it's worth the effort."