The Adventures of Guille and Belinda is the visual tale of two cousins in South America captured by San Francisco-based photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti. The photographer, who was primarily raised in Buenos Aires, came upon the two playful girls named Guillermina and Belinda (affectionately referred to as Guille and Beli) while visiting her father’s farm in Argentina.
At first, Sanguinette disregarded the imaginative children as they vied for her attention or audibly goofed off. She says, “Beli and Guille were always running, climbing, chasing chickens and rabbits. Sometimes I’d take their picture just so they’d leave me alone and stop scaring the animals away, but mostly I would shoo them out of the frame. I was indifferent to them until the summer of 1999, when I found myself spending almost everyday with them.”
The photographer wound up documenting their playful nature as nine- and ten-year-olds on a farm. Their rural environment even ended up serving as a wonderful backdrop to their clever role-playing games and general fun. In the end, paying attention to the duo through her lens has resulted in a book that captures both the beautiful relationship between two cousins and an honest sense of an innocent, imaginative childhood.