Photographer's Note

After a long break, I'm finally back to upload pictures from my trip to Argentina. In the meanwhile, I decided to turn off the points and see how it goes.


The image shows a detail of the famous cemetery in Buenos Aires with the facades of the buildings of recoleta neighborhood as background. I'm not entirely satisfied with this result and it would be nice to have the background a bit out of focus but I still like the combination between life and death. It wasn't so easy to choose the best angle because of the tombs placed everywhere.

WS1 - double perspective of the narrow streets inside the cemetery.

WS2 - sepia version of a quartet of angels seen from the back.


LA RECOLETA CEMETERY (source - rough guide to Argentina):

One of the world's most remarkable burial grounds, it presents an exhilarating mixture of architectural whimsy and a panorama of Argentine history. It is an awe-inspiring place, exerting a magnetic attraction on locals and foreigners alike. The giant vaults, stacked along avenues inside the high walls, resemble the rooftops of a fanciful Utopian town from above. The necropolis is a city within a city, a lesson in architectural styles and fashions. In his 1923 poem La Recoleta, Borges eulogized the cemetery and its beautiful graves, with their Latin inscriptions and fateful dates. Another Argentine writer, Martín Cáparros, was even more melancholy: for him, La Recoleta was a magnificent tribute to many great civilizations of the past – from Babylonian and Egyptian, to Roman and Byzantine – and its flamboyant architecture embodied the grandiose hopes of Argentina's heroes and historians that their country would become just as great. But in the end, he concluded, the only fatherland they managed to build was the cemetery itself.
The burial ground is a great place to wander, exploring its narrow streets and wide avenues of yews and cypress trees. The tombs themselves range from simple headstones to bombastic masterpieces built in a variety of styles including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Secessionist, Neoclassical, Neo-Byzantine and even Neo-Babylonian.
The oldest monumental grave, dating from 1836, is that of Juan Facundo Quiroga, but the cemetery's most famous resident, though, is Evita.



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