Posts Tagged ‘nacho colo’

Ignacio Coló – Chacarita

August 23, 2011

I posted about Nacho Coló last year about his work La Seguridad. At the time he only had a flickr stream. I recently found out he launched a website. I figured this would be a good excuse to write again about his work. His website has a lot of new work, including the series Chacarita.

© Nachó Coló, from the series Chacarita

The series deals with the neighborhood of the same name. Located roughly in the geographical center of  of Buenos Aires [the city, not it’s suburbs], the neighborhood is usually just a place you pass through, either on your way to the suburbs, by train, or to the hereafter, Chacarita being home to the city’s largest cemetery.

Mixing portraits, street scenes, and details in an open and free way, the series nicely captures the feel of Buenos Aires’ barrios  as well as showing Coló’s senstive eye when it comes to photographing people and things.

© Nachó Coló, from the series Chacarita

© Nachó Coló, from the series Chacarita

© Nachó Coló, from the series Chacarita

Coló has also updated his series on the neighborhood security guards, now called La Seguridad y los perros, which is definitely worth checking out.

Nacho Coló – Security Guard Posts in Buenos Aires

October 2, 2010

© Nacho Coló

© Nacho Coló

© Nacho Coló

© Nacho Coló

Much like Sao Paulo, sprinkled on street corners in the posh northern suburbs of Buenos Aires are these little cabins for security guards, usually paid for by the neighborhood. The guards who occupy these posts often personalize them with small TVs, potted plants, sexy-girl calendars, etc. Having visited Bogotá in June, where the walls are higher and the guards very heavily armed, these small posts strike me as charming reminders that things haven’t gotten so bad here yet.

The series La Seguridad by Ignacio Coló captures the tender beauty and  horribleness of these security posts. I really like the inclusion of the portraits as it adds a tender, human dimension and gets me thinking about these men who pass their days [and nights] inside of these tiny cabins. [See also my previous post on Felipe Russo’s Security Guard Posts in Sao Paulo]

6×6 Magic

August 26, 2010

I’ve noticed a trend with a lot of photography here in Argentina:

© Guillermo Ueno

© Nacho Coló

© Ignacio Iasparra

© Florencia Blanco

Verano Porteño by Eduardo Carrera

Bride by Gaby Messina from the series Lima, KM 100

Esquina by Norberto Salerno, photograph taken with Walzflex TLR with slide film expired in 2000

© Alina Schwarcz, from series Tigre

From Olaguer 3006 © Vivi Abelson

© Emma Livingston

© Alessandra Sanguinetti

© Soledad Manrique

© Guadalupe Miles

© María José D'amico

Let me be upfront and state that I’m not a fan of the square format. There is a preciousness and nostalgia about it that turns me off.

Why all the 6×6 photos in Argentina? Given the high cost of film and cameras here, using medium format seems to convey a level of seriousness that 35mm or digital don’t. Using the 6×6 format is an easy way of calling attention to one’s seriousness, be it with a Hasselblad or a Holga.

I like all of the photos and photographers that I’m posting here. I don’t mean to criticize their work or their choice of using the 6×6 format. There are legitimate artistic reasons for choosing to shoot square format. I should also state that in declaring my general dislike of the square I’m being completely hypocritical, having made any number of square photographs myself.

This trend isn’t limited to Argentina. There’s a group on flickr called 6×6 magic with almost 200,000 photos posted to it. There are enough film borders, soft corners, dreamy black & white landscapes, and desaturated colors to last a lifetime. Need I mention that there’s no “6×7 magic” group?