Posts Tagged ‘conurbano’

Leo Marino – Gran Buenos Aires

October 26, 2011

Leo Marino lives in the southern suburbs of Buenos Aires and drives around taking pictures of the conurbano [full disclosure: we both attend the same workshop]. The pictures of his GBA Series have a sub-tropical placelessness. They could be Buenos Aires or they could be Iraq. The photos also underscore the point that perhaps the most important accessory a photographer can have is a car.

© Leo Marino

© Leo Marino

© Leo Marino

© Leo Marino

© Leo Marino

Claudia Presentado

November 21, 2010

Thinking about Holgas with respect to the last post on Gustavo Lozano, I remembered liking the work of Claudia Presentado, also done with a Holga. I met Claudia while participating in the portfolio reviews at the Festival de la Luz last August. At the time she didn’t have a website but I just googled her and discovered that she’s uploaded a couple of series to her flickr account.

The first series, Conurbano, deals with the suburbs of Buenos Aires [you will have probably noticed that I will link to just about any work about the suburbs of Buenos Aires]. Using a $20 camera makes sense in dangerous areas. I like the whimsical things Presentado finds.

© Claudia Presentado from series 'Conurbano'

© Claudia Presentado from series 'Conurbano'

© Claudia Presentado from series 'Conurbano'

Also viewable is another series, Flores Verdes, which depicts trees and flowers.

© Claudia Presentado from series 'Flores Verdes'

© Claudia Presentado from series 'Flores Verdes'

I really like how the Holga renders leaves and branches. I’m a huge fan, for instance of Joseph Zorn’s work on Flickr. It’s springtime in Buenos Aires and the Jacaranda trees are in full-flower. Looking at Presentado’s foliage photos makes me want to stop writing blog posts and go out and take pictures.

Buenos Aires Conurbano on Flickr

January 18, 2010

I’m an enthusiastic user of Flickr [and other social media]. I use it to scout locations, research destinations, and just in general be inspired by others’ work. Here’s a few photographs from the outskirts of Buenos Aires (ie. the Conurbano) that I’ve found recently in my browsing:

Aerial view of neighborhood in La Matanza, © Andres D'Elia

San Martin from set Conurbano 2008, © German Adrasti

© Flickr user +toli

For a region with a population of 10 million, there’s hardly any photographs of the conurbano. A search on Flickr reveals a less than 400 photos. I’m interested in the place precisely because no one thinks it worthy to photograph. Also worth checking out is the group sud-sub-urb which describes itself as latinamerican suburban aesthetic.