The other day I was walking through “Plaza de Armas” in the center of Santiago and took some shots of a group of people who I imagine use their lunch hour to play chess.I started taking some shot when a gentleman approached me and made it known that he didn´t appreciate my presence and that I shouldn´t take photos without the players consent.So, rather than interrupt the chess player’s concentration and ask each player, I decided to put my camera away.That day I didn´t feel like getting a beat down by a gang of chess enthusiast. I plan on returning one day…..
Last February I went too Cape Horn, the southernmost point of the Southern Hemisphere to shoot part of a documentary with my father and my Canon 60d. When I wasn´t shooting video or suffering the effects sea sickness, hale, rain and snow, I took some shots of some of these breathtaking locations.
“Casa de la olla a Presión” is one of the only places in Santiago were you can send your pressure cooker to get fixed.My mother in-law gave my wife a 40 year old pressure cooker and it still works perfectly.The only thing that wears out is the rubber lining, so I had to visit this really cool shop and pick one up.Supposedly it is one of the few places in South America that still repairs pressure cookers.
Unfortunately Santiago Chile does not have many traditional neighborhoods where you can walk around and enjoy, like Valparaiso.Most of the older neighborhoods have been destroyed for new 20+ story apartment buildings.So I guess I repeat my outings to the same old neighborhoods that are in the center of Santiago, like “Barrio Brasil”, “Conchi y Toro”, “Republica” and “Berrio Yungay”.Here are some snap shots I took the other day….
Pintocabezas - Arauco Tiene Una Pena (Violeta Parra)
3 DSLR cameras, a gopro hero and myself put together this live studio session last year of the Santiago based independent group “Pintocabezas”.I hand held one camera and had the other 3 cameras on small photography tripods. “Arauco Tiene Una Pena” is an original Violeta Parra song, but I think “Pintocabezas” to their credit created a powerful version.This experiment turned out well, even though it probably would have been better with some hands on the other cameras.But I guess it’s better than nothing…..I would like to thank Rodrigo Pinto and Chalo Gonzalez for inviting me to register this live session at Triana Studios.