Archive for September, 2011

September 23, 2011

la poesía – a story

by nicole

do you remember the cafe la poesía, that magic night in san telmo? buenos aires devised our meeting, so romantic and sweet, lulú

horacio ferrer, lulú

cafe

i have blogged this image before but recently i submitted it to shutter sisters’ one word project through flickr and they published it on the blog the other day. i was quite chuffed as i admire all the images i see on their site and find them inspirational.

the word of the month for shutter sisters was ‘story’ and of course you can see why i thought it perfectly fit. my talented and lovely friend nicole wanted to hear more about it and thought i should blog the story.

la poesía was a cafe i went to daily when i spent a month in buenos aires. it was beautiful and atmospheric … and had great coffee and food. i knew that there was a story behind it and thought that it must be a story out of 19th-century buenos aires bohemia, but it was only when i got home and researched it that i did find out that story at wander argentina.

it is a 19th-century building although the cafe la poesía (the poem) was only established in 1982 – but it was a bohemian enclave of musicians and poets at the time. it closed only six years later but lived on in the hearts of those who inhabited it. as the wander argentina page says:

it was here that the uruguayan poet and lyricist, horacio ferrer, mostly known for his work with astor piazolla, met the woman who remains his wife to this day, lucía micheli. The meeting is immortalized in his 1992 song, lulú

the cafe reopened in 2008 – only one year before i visited! being there i could have sworn that it had been open and trading for 100 years. this place was steeped in the history and atmosphere of 19th-century bohemia even though it did not exist as a cafe at that time.

September 10, 2011

cleaning up

by nicole

just a random post pondering spam and an excuse to look through & post some old images.

la paz limpia

streetside
estacionar

palacio

bridge lookout

evo si!

number 10 bus

great scott

i seem to be getting a lot more spam comments these days. is this actually a good thing? does it mean i’m getting more traffic or something (i don’t think i’m getting that much more). since my spam filter’s pretty good, not that much seems to get through … but i just wonder why it is now.

fotomat

straws

steep market
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i hope you like these images from la paz from my trip a couple of years ago. it was such a great city to shoot. in fact i’d prepared a whole bunch of black & white film photos, which i also shot there, ready for your viewing pleasure. i was about to hit publish when i realised i really hated the scan quality. time to rescan!

medicine woman

smoker 
boo

folk medicine

llama

so instead, here’s some digital colour ones. i so rarely post digital and looking back at these i just love the way that my dslr picks up the colours, light and shadows of la paz. such a contrasty light up there in the rarified atmosphere of high altitude. there are lots of pics … but i took lots more originally … now i was only going to choose a few … but i couldn’t decide so here they all are …

city life

dry goods 
nuts

hongos

la paz from lowest to highest points of the city spans from 3000 to 4000+ m in altitude! it was such an amazing place to photograph. many of my digital shots reflect the film ones i did in the same city. i can’t remember whether i shot them on the same or different days however. but i promise that i’ll post the film images too, once i rescan them …

soy una amazona

traditional 
fringe

somos indomables amazonas

cambio in colour

for those curious about the llama foetuses

September 7, 2011

the write stuff

by nicole

typography

probably a title that has no doubt been used many times. but it is so right for expressing me at the moment.

writing writing writing

writing my thesis

writing for the museum

writing for my research assistant work

writing my blog … when i need a break from academic writing

i don’t think i would technically call myself a writer, therefore i must qualify that i have also been

researching

kung fuing

exhibiting

photographing

travelling

socialising

loving

booking ( international flights!)

life is full and good …

but i will really enjoy that holiday when it comes

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