Aug 112013

I finally got my Argentine driving licence this week. It took me two days and though the local administration is kind of odd, they are definitely very helpful people. The best part was probably when I inadvertedly parked (driving with my Swiss driving license)  in the wrong way in front of the Road and Transit administration. A policeman kindly made me aware of my wrongdoing and I could not help answering “hey, that is what I am here for, to get my driving license”.

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Falcone San Martin Yanidel

Rosario – Nokia N8

Aug 092013

It is election weekend in Argentina. Each town will elect its municipal council and half of the National Chamber of Deputies will be renewed. The current government is at risk and there are high hopes it will be defeated, bringing more balance between the government and opposition.

Argentina is quite a young democracy and sincerely, it shows. I get puzzled almost daily by the latest news. So I thought I would comment now and then on some of the odd things that come to my attention.

As for today’s picture, taken in front of my city town hall, it seems that the forces in the shadows are already at work. Still, let’s hope that this will be a fraud free election.

election weekend argentina

Nokia N8

Aug 092013

It is has been a bit more than one year that we returned from our 80 weeks around the world trip. The shot below in one of the very last taken during this journey, in Mumbai. Today,  I could not help remembering these days where I could wander freely all day long and shoot in so many great places.

Twelve months later, I am now married, father of new born and learning to manage a shoe manufacturing company. Needless to say that my photographic production has dwindled to almost zero. The passion and motivation is still here but I simply haven’t found much time to dedicate to shooting. And this is becoming a problem in running this blog. On one side, I feel the quality of pictures I have been posting is simply not up to the standard I expect from myself. So in this  regards, maybe a solution would be to put the website on a hiatus. But on the other side, I have put so much work in my website in the past that giving it up would be very disappointing.

So, please, bear with me. This is a transition period and pieces need to fall into place. I’ll keep on posting, maybe as a way to share what life in Argentina feels like. Don’t expect amazing pictures, just documentary moments I can grab here and there. Still, I expect to be able to shoot street photography more frequently very soon. A trip to Paris is coming up in October.

Bus drivers in Mumbai

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph.

Aug 072013

Quite an inventive way to quickly get rid of your girlfriend when a beautiful girl heads your way.  (click on picture for high res)

Roll away bride yanidel

Nokia N8, ISO800

Aug 042013

In Argentina’s small towns, old people love to take out a chair and sit on the sidewalk bordering their house.  There they watch the flow of life of busy late afternoons. (click on picture for high res)

old woman front porch yanidel

Nokia N8

Aug 032013

Our two months old son had a successful surgery today. A minor one, but since it was under anesthesia, it is still a huge moment of stress for parents. As the baby was recovering, I went to the bar next to the hospital to order a couple of sandwiches for take away. There I sat for a while, waiting for the food to be cooked. And then I thought about all these families/friends that must have waited for hours in this bar where time seems to have stopped. Sometimes expecting a good news, sometimes wishing for a miracle and unluckily, sometimes recovering from the loss of a cherished one.   (click on picture for high res)

Bar by the hospital Yanidel

Nokia N8 at F2.8, 1/125th, ISO100