A photoblog with large images of Buenos Aires - Active 2008 - 2011
Walking near Parque Avellaneda I came across this pintada for Club Atletico All Boys, one of the neighborhood soccer teams. A supporter for a rival team scrawled "puto" [faggot, a very common epithet in sports here] right between the letters of "Boys". I also find it amusing the club's domain name is Caallboys.com.ar.
All the Jewish schools and religious institutions put up concrete barriers after the terrorist attacks on AMIA and the Israeli Embassy in the 1990s. It's hard to make them look pretty altho they at least tried here with the alternating colors.
This Fiat 600 has seen better days. What's odd is that it was clearly restored and tricked out before being left to decay.
You actually don't see too much sidewalk parking in Buenos Aires still I couldn't resist the powder blue. I like how it matches the color of the window blinds.
I like both the style of the lettering and the visible images of previous pintadas that have been painted over. Also, the transition zone at the top of the wall where it goes from white to brick, the result of successive paintings, big arcing swoops of a painters arm, remind me of the water line at a beach caused by chaotically overlapping waves.
Club Atletico Atlanta is one of a number of smaller neighborhood soccer/football clubs scattered around the city's barrios. According to their wikipedia page, there are competing versions of why they named it after ATL.
For the last month or so I've been working as a photo editor for the local English language newspaper The Argentimes. Occasionally they send me out to shoot stories and my first one published is on my favorite pizzeria, Ugi's and their cult following. Here below are more photos including many which didn't make it into publication. Also of interest, my post from last March on Inflation and the Ugi's Index.
The city is busy repairing sidewalks, curbs and public plazas in the run-up to the June 28th elections. I regularly follow the flickr stream of nif who posts photos of the subways and reprints any article relating to them or infrastructure. The other day he reposted an article in which former mayor and current congressional candidate Anibal Ibarra accuses current mayor Mauricio Macri of stopping construction of additional subway lines and using the money for so-called superficial projects such as sidewalk repair and park restoration. Even after 3 years in Argentina I don't feel qualified to comment on politics here altho it does strike me that repairing sidewalks is an easy job with quick results; just the kind of project a politician with a short time horizon is likely to pursue. Now if they could just do something about the dog poop...
I spent Sunday afternoon chalet hunting with my medium format camera. It was cool and lightly cloudy, my favorite kind of weather for taking photographs. I spent four hours wandering across a large swath of the city from Belgrano to Caballito. Here are a few shots I took along the way with my small digital camera.
Artist Santiago Garcia Pilotto uses a mixture of paint and photo-collage to create city scapes of Buenos Aires. I really responded to his vision of the city. For me Buenos Aires is a jumbled mess of boxy buildings from the 1960s and 70s that stretches out to the horizon. I've always had an odd romance for the little studio apartment tucked away in some unassuming block of flats in a dense neighborhood like Caballito or Barrio Norte.
Category: apartment buildings
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