• Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 26 November, 2015
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

I had given myself three days in Buenos Aires before heading down south to El Calafate, just to have a little bit of time to re-orientate myself. I enjoy wandering round a city, so I’d set out early in the mornings, my Sony A7RII camera in hand, with very vague plans. I’m not really one for checking out the main sites and like to see how far my aching feet will take me. I walked a lot, I shot a lot. Here are a few galleries, just to give a bit more of an overview to the little of Buenos Aires I saw.

Out and about

First of all, one thing you need to know about Argentina is that it is passionate about politics. The presidential elections had just finished when I arrived and Mauricio Macri had been elected, the first non-Peronist or Radical president since 1916. This is obviously a huge thing here and was the first thing under discussion with the taxi driver on the way in from the airport and the last thing I discussed with the taxi driver who took me back to the airport. Neither of them had the same opinions. There were loud demonstrations in front of Congress on the Plaza de los Dos Congresos and I wasn’t that surprised to see a well-worn flag of Juan and Evita Perón fluttering from a tree on the square. Their memory still looms large here. And the fact that the building for the Unión Industrial Argentina had several paint bombs thrown at its facade seems only natural. Tango is there to be embraced; the Teatro Colón is definitely worth a visit, though I wish there had been something on during my time there; it is hard to avoid coffee with a sweet bun or two for breakfast; the Pumas rugby team rule…

Street art in Buenos Aires

There’s a long history of social protest throughout South America represented in its street art and Buenos Aires has plenty of it. I ended up having to stop myself taking too many shots of it, it is just too easy to lift up a camera and point it at someone else’s artwork, especially when they’re as strong as this. I can imagine travelling round South America’s cities doing a study of the street art, interviewing some of the artists, getting a bit of the history, influences, social context – it’d be great.

Portraits

This is the first time I’ve ever approached strangers and asked to take their portrait. Not a single person has said no. The smiling chef in the first shot was running a cafe full of the workers having a relaxing long lunch that you see here in B&W. They had no problem posing in front of the camera and were continually winding each other up.  The others were random strangers on the street. My Spanish is holding up well and I seem to be making myself understood without much effort.

Wall of Change

Always good to be reminded of some of the famous faces from Argentina that have made a difference…

Right, that’s about all I have for you after my brief stint in Buenos Aires. I’ll be going back there near the end of my trip and will try to get a wider collection of material. I shot some video material on the Sony A7SII during the poring rain in La Recoleta cemetery and will look to post some of that material soon.

Time for lunch!

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