A European freshly arrived in Buenos Aires wouldn't have any feeling of disorientation nor exotism. He'll merely have the feeling of going back into time, as the city seems to be stuck in the 60's or 70's. The illusion is almost perfect as long as one stay in the city centre but disappear as one gets away from the centre. The outskirts is mainly made of "Villas Miserias" vast favelas where survives thousands of uprooted men and women who came to the "Capitale Federale" looking for a better life.
La Boca neighbourhood, today a very touristy area in Buenos Aires, was one of those favelas were migrant and there whole family would live in "Convillas", houses build with sheet of zinc. It is situated exactly where Pedro de Mendoza founded the city of Buenos Aires, on the mouth of the river Riachuelo. It was Buenos Aires main port until the beginning of the 20th century. The migrants, mainly Italians from Genoa or Naples, which were working on the docks, build their houses with scrap they could gather from ships cargo.
About the diversity of bright colours typical from this neighbourhood, the myth says that a famous painter, who was adopted and raised by a couple from la Boca, came back there and convinced the inhabitant to paint the main street (El Caminito) as they wished. The truth is that Dockers were using left over paint found on the docks. Those paint were mixed together, at those time, the house colours weren't as bright as they are today. It is only when artists invaded in la Boca that all those colours were applied to the houses of Caminito.
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dovi (1068) 2003-11-02 12:52
Very colorful and nicely composed shot, I like the light and shade combination too. Well done!
chrischris (877) 2003-11-02 14:35
There are a lot of colors in this shot! Interesting framing, a right exposure and a good exposure. Very instructive note, thanks for sharing.
maciekda (19895) 2003-11-02 18:20
wow, so many colours! beautiful picture of a very interesting house... and this small statue is so funny placed.
mathiasmo (1759) 2003-11-03 8:58
I think you're posting the first picture about El Caminito. And it's a nice post! Very instructive, beautyful picture, nice colors. Great composition, showing lots of important elements. Great job!
vertikulanda (108) 2003-11-18 15:29
I love the flamboyance & composition!Beautifule!
roconnell (327) 2003-12-18 3:18
It a photographic Kaleidoscope. Shapes and colors everywhere and lots of fun!
Josh69 (1437) 2003-12-18 4:06
Very nice, contrasting colours and a good note. The bust in the foreground looks really strange!
Burnham (2428) 2004-05-01 18:34
I can see that the light was very bright that day and it is a really good picture, but didn't you increase the contrasts in PS? Nice work!!
markgong (2840) 2005-03-23 21:25
Amazing sharpness here as well as color. I like the post processing work especially. I think the photo can be better if you walked four steps right and taken the wall flush with the camera. Sadly, I am out of pts today.
cobraphil8 (84) 2005-06-10 7:25
Très belle composition, prise juste au bon moment pour avoir une lumière rasante.
On se rend bien compte de l'architecture de l'habitat argentin.
Et le petit détail du buste fait la différence.
Superbe, j'aime beaucoup.
- Copyright: Romain Donadio (green) (1014)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-03-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 50E, Tokina ATX 28-70 2.8, Fuji Sensia 100, Hoya Polarizer
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Red ... the color of passion ... Part II, Rainbow of rowhouses, Same subject - different photographer, TE Trieste exhibition: “Viaggiando Immaginando” [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-11-02 11:33
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